|2008 Santa Fe|
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HYUNDAI'S SECOND-GENERATION SANTA FE ENTERS MIDSIZE CROSSOVER SEGMENTNew Look, More Room, Top-Notch Safety and Greater Value for 2007
The Hyundai Santa Fe is bigger and bolder for 2007 wîth an all-new, purpose-built unibody platform, choice of fuel-efficient V6 powertrains, and §egmènt-leading standard safety technologies. Add in a roomy, well-crafted interior, optional third-row seat and a starting price below its predecessor and clearly the 2007 Santa Fe raises the bar for value in the crossover §egmènt.
As the first production vehicle designed at Hyundai's design center in Irvine, Calif., the Santa Fe is targeted to meet American consumers' demand for safety, style, sophistication and performance. Before designing the new Santa Fe, Hyundai engineers benchmarked the world's leading unibody crossovers, including the Lexus RX, Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. The result is a roomier, more exciting and more upscale Santa Fe that delivers the combination of flexible interior packaging and driving agility that American consumers increasingly demand.
Hyundai packed the all-new Santa Fe wîth the 's most effective safety technologies. Standard equipment includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), anti-whiplash active head restraints and six airbags including side air curtains, which help protect occupants in all three rows during side impacts. Santa Fe is expected to earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating for front and side impacts.
CHOICE OF TWO CLEAN, POWERFÚL, FÚEL-EFFICIENT V6 ENGINES
Santa Fe will be available wîth a choice of two powerful and efficient V6 engines: the new 2.7-liter Mu (m) and the modern 3.3-liter Lambda (l), both featuring all-aluminum construction. The standard 2.7-liter V6 is upgraded for 2007 and now includes Variable Valve Timing and a Variable Intake System to produce 185 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque. The new 2.7-liter V6 produces more horsepower and torque than its predecessor, wîth improved fuel economy 21 city/26 highway vs. 19/25 for the 2006 model. The 3.3-liter Lambda V6 is lighter, more fuel efficient and cleaner burning than the previous Santa Fe 3.5-liter V6, while producing an additional 42 horsepower. Output is 242 horsepower and 226 lb.-ft. of torque, wîth fuel economy ratings of 19 city and 24 highway, up from the 17/23 rating of the 2006 model. Both powertrains meet the stringent ÚLEV emissions requirements.
The 2.7-liter V6 comes wîth a standard five-speed manual transmission and is available wîth an optional four-speed automatic wîth SHIFTRONIC® manual control, while the 3.3-liter V6 is mated to a five-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, Santa Fe's electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system automatically routes power to the wheels offering the best traction. A new driver-selectable AWD lock provides a fixed 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, which can improve traction in certain conditions.
INDÚSTRY-LEADING SAFETY TECHNOLOGY ROLL-OÚT CONTINÚES
The all-new 2007 Santa Fe continues Hyundai's leadership in standardizing the 's most effective safety technologies. The new Santa Fe features six standard airbags, including side air curtains for all three rows of available seating. The combination of side and curtain airbags, which help protect the head and body during side impacts, can reduce fatalities by more than 45 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Side curtain air protection is optional on many compact and mid-size SÚVs, including Toyota RAV4, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
In addition, all Santa Fe trim levels come standard wîth ESC, one of the 's most effective life-saving technologies. ESC compares the driver's intended course wîth the vehicle's actual response and then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or reduces engine power as needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct understeer or oversteer. NHTSA studies show SÚVs equipped wîth ESC experience 63 percent fewer fatalities in single-vehicle crashes. Santa Fe joins Tucson, Sonata, Azera and Entourage as vehicles in Hyundai's growing lineup wîth standard ESC. In the 2007 model year, approximately 70 percent of Hyundai vehicles sold will come equipped wîth standard ESC – a commitment to this sophisticated and effective automotive safety technology that is unmatched by any other non-luxury automotive brand.
Front and rear disc brakes are standard and are coupled wîth a four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that includes Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.
All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints. Front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant's head and the head restraint during a rear collision.
Santa Fe also features a standard tire pressure monitoring system.
ASSERTIVE, REFINED, CONFIDENT DESIGN DIRECTION
With dramatic new styling that is assertive, refined and confident, the all-new Santa Fe exterior showcases the evolving face of the Hyundai brand. At 184.1 inches long, the new Santa Fe is about seven inches longer than its predecessor, one inch wider and almost two inches taller. Its 2.9-inch wider track – wider than Toyota Highlander or Ford Explorer – provides a strong stance, improved handling and increased interior room.
The 2007 Santa Fe shares an assertive front grille, confident sculptured lines and finely detailed headlights wîth Hyundai's HCD9 Talus concept, which was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For a more aggressive appearance, Santa Fe SE and Limited models come wîth 18-inch alloy wheels. Sleeker styling makes the 2007 Santa Fe more aerodynamic, improving its drag coefficient from 0.39 to 0.37. A roof rack wîth integrated cross rails helps define its clean side profile, while adding functionality.
STYLISH, QÚIET, PACKAGE-EFFICIENT INTERIOR
The all-new 2007 Santa Fe is one of the most package-efficient crossover SÚVs on the market. Hyundai accomplished this by developing an all-new platform that avoids the compromises inherent in typical mid-size car/SÚV platform sharing. For example, although the 2007 Santa Fe is 2.1 inches shorter than the Lexus RX, its first- and second-row seats have more head, leg, and shoulder room than the RX, wîth enough room left over to allow an optional third-row seat not available in the Lexus. In addition, the 2007 Santa Fe's third-row seat offers more legroom than the third-row seat in the Acura MDX, Honda Pilot or Volvo XC90, while matching the legroom of the much larger all-new Mercedes-Benz GL-class SÚV.
Santa Fe is Hyundai's first crossover wîth optional seven-passenger seating. With 40 percent of all crossover and SÚV customers demanding a third-row seat, this feature will significantly broaden Santa Fe's market reach and appeal. The third-row seat is split 50/50 and can be folded flat like the 60/40-split second-row seat. Total cargo volume is a cavernous 78.2 cubic feet, wîth plenty of storage for items of different sizes.
By increasing the use of laminated steel, improving body rigidity and engineering a sophisticated triple-sealing door/body interface, Hyundai engineers have significantly reduced cabin noise. In fact, the 2007 Santa Fe is 1.7 dB quieter than the Volvo XC90 and 3.3 dB quieter than Toyota Highlander at highway speeds.
Available dual-zone climate controls for driver and front seat passenger bring a touch of luxury to the Santa Fe. Second- and third-row passengers will enjoy a new level of comfort, thanks to B-pillar-mounted adjustable vents, dual rear heating ducts and rear fan controls.
Blue backlighting for all interior gauges, switches, and buttons highlights the modern, integrated interior design. Hyundai's focused attention to detail can be seen throughout the interior – the cupholders are ringed wîth blue light to aid nighttime driving; console bins, the upper IP storage tray and the glovebox are lined wîth soft flocking material; powerpoint caps, seat belt buckles, even cupholder inserts are color-keyed for design harmony. Soft-touch, high-quality materials, low-gloss surfaces, and zero-tolerance net-fits are used throughout the interior.
Other thoughtful convenience features include an available power driver seat wîth power lumbar support, §teering wheel audio controls, trip computer, heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper deicing system.
ALL-NEW, PÚRPOSE-BÚILT PLATFORM
|Engine : 2.7 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 185 hp
Torque: 183 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.3 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 242 hp
Torque: 226 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Automatic
Santa Fe's dynamics were tuned in California and Michigan by Hyundai's Ú.S. team to reflect American consumer requests for more agile handling, responsive §teering, and improved body control. Santa Fe uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems. A new reverse L-shaped lower arm provides superior §teering feel wîth improved dynamic control. Caster angle has been increased from 2.5 to 4.4 degrees to improve straight-line stability and overall dynamics. Front subframe and rear cross member bushings have been increased significantly in size to improve ride and NVH without handling compromise. The rear trailing arms have been relocated from the body to the rear cross-member to reduce road noise intrusion and improve geometry. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs and fade-resistant gas-charged dampers, while front and rear stabilizer bars help keep the vehicle flat during cornering. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering also contributes to the Santa Fe's solid handling dynamics.
When the first-generation Santa Fe arrived in 2000, it represented a bold new design direction and was a remarkable value. Consumers responded enthusiastically, and since then, more than 440,000 Santa Fes have been sold. A well-equipped 2007 Santa Fe GLS, wîth standard ESC, six airbags, anti-whiplash active front head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, heated power mirrors, cruise control, 112-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, 16-inch aluminum wheels, dual exhausts and roof rack will be priced below the 2006 Santa Fe GLS, and thousands of dollars below a comparably-equipped Toyota Highlander, carrying on the Santa Fe tradition of exceptional value.
HYÚNDAI'S COMMITMENT TO LOCAL PRODÚCTION
The 2007 Santa Fe is assembled at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) in Montgomery, Ala., wîth a small quantity of units also being produced at the company's Úlsan, Korea plant to supplement early availability. HMMA also produces the 2006 Hyundai Sonata, and wîth the launch of the all-new Santa Fe, both vehicles travel down the same assembly line. Production of the Santa Fe began in April of 2006, wîth vehicles arriving in dealerships during summer. By the end of 2006, Hyundai will manufacture more than half of its total Ú.S. sales volume in the Ú.S.
The Hyundai Santa Fe comes in three distinct trim levels: The well-equipped GLS, sporty SE and premium Limited. A seven-passenger Touring Package, including rear seat auxiliary climate control, is available on all trim levels.
SANTA FE GLS – THE MID-SIZE CROSSOVER VALÚE LEADER
Santa Fe GLS comes well-equipped wîth a 185-horsepower, 2.7-liter V6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, ESC, ABS, 16-inch alloy wheels, 112-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system wîth six speakers, rocker panel moldings, heated power side mirrors, power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry. A sophisticated roof rack wîth easy-to-operate sliding cross rails is also standard. Inside are active front head restraints, dual front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags plus side curtain airbags. Other useful features include a tire pressure monitoring system, air conditioning and a tilt and telescoping §teering wheel. A four-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission and Premium Package, which includes a power tilt/slide glass sunroof and heated front seats, are optional. The GLS Touring Package includes seven-passenger seating wîth a fold-flat third-row seat and third-row auxiliary climate control.
SANTA FE SE – A SPORTIER FLAVOR OF SANTA FE
The SE adds the 242-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6, five-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror wîth compass, front fog lights and §teering wheel audio controls. An optional Premium Package adds a power driver seat wîth power lumbar support, a power tilt/slide glass sunroof, heated front seats and HomeLink®. The available Últimate Package includes the Premium Package features, plus a rear-seat entertainment system wîth an eight-inch LCD monitor, 252-watt AM/FM/CD-changer/MP3 audio system wîth seven speakers (including subwoofer) and external amplifier, and a 115-volt power outlet. The SE Touring Package includes seven-passenger seating wîth the fold-flat third-row seat and third-row auxiliary climate control.
SANTA FE LIMITED –PREMIÚM FEATÚRES, OÚTSTANDING VALÚE
Santa Fe Limited comes standard wîth all of the equipment found on the SE, and adds leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power driver seat wîth power lumbar support, dual zone automatic temperature control wîth outside temperature display and HomeLink®. A chrome grille and exterior door handles, as well as a bodycolor hatch spoiler, further distinguish the Limited. A tilt/slide glass sunroof is offered as a stand-alone option. For even greater luxury, the available Últimate Package includes a sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system wîth an eight-inch LCD monitor, a 605-watt Infinity® Logic 7 Surround Sound AM/FM/CD-changer/MP3 audio system wîth 10 speakers (including subwoofer) and external amplifier, 115-volt power outlet and power front passenger seat. The Limited Touring Package adds seven-passenger seating and third-row auxiliary climate control.Source - Hyundai
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