Hyundai Showcases The 2013 Six/Seven-Passenger Santa Fe At The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

   Hyundai Showcases The 2013 Six/Seven-Passenger Santa Fe At The 2012 Los
                              Angeles Auto Show

Five-, Six-, and Seven-Passenger Trims to Sit Side-by-Side in Hyundai Stores

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The production version of the new
three-row, six/seven-passenger Santa Fe makes its world debut today at the
2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, joining the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport
which has been on sale since August.The all-new Santa Fe delivers Hyundai's
recipe of bold design, high-output powertrains with Gasoline Direct Injection
(GDI) and a host of features to please drivers and passengers with high
expectations for functionality, versatility and comfort. Pricing will be
announced closer to the on-sale date early next year.

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  oLambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower
  oSanta Fe is the only midsize CUV with a standard direct injection V6
  oTow rated up to 5,000 pounds
  oActive Cornering Control AWD system
  oDriver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM)
  oAll-new crossover architecture developed for families
  oFluidic Sculpture exterior design
  oHyundai designed and engineered six-speed automatic transmission
  oSeven standard airbags
  oPanoramic sunroof
  oHeated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  oPower driver and front passenger seats
  oSeven passenger seating with 40:20:40 split folding second row bench seat
    or six passenger seating with second row captain's chairs
  oSliding and reclining second row seating with cargo area release and 50:50
    flat folding third row seats
  oStandard Blue Link^® – safety, service and infotainment telematics system
  oThird generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available
    eight-inch display
  oPower liftgate
  oSanta Fe is 320 pounds lighter than the outgoing Veracruz and 239 pounds
    lighter than the all-new Nissan Pathfinder

         Engine     Wheelbase Length Passenger Passenger     Total Interior
                                               Volume        Volume
Santa Fe 2.4L
Sport               106.3     184.6  5         108.0 cu. ft. 143.3 cu. ft.
         2.0L Turbo
Santa Fe 3.3L       110.2     193.1  6/7       146.6 cu. ft. 160.0 cu. ft.


Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with
the signature differentiating element being the side view daylight opening
(side window shape) - the larger Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the
increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. Santa Fe also
has its own bodyside character lines from the B-pillar back, grille design,
18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust and a
flush-mounted tow hitch design.

Both Santa Fe trims feature the same flowing interior look, designed for
passenger functionality and comfort. From the available heated rear seats and
eight-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar support, to a standard
40:20:40 folding rear seat back, both models boast flexibility and a pleasant
cabin for all. Also new for 2013 – and standard on all Santa Fe equipped with
cloth seats – is a 'YES Essentials' seat fabric treatment that provides
soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and
livability. Special care and attention went into other interior details, such
as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the
cabin and rear side window sunshades. Available on Santa Fe models, is a
push-button starter with proximity key, Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with
color LCD trip computer and a heated steering wheel.

The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo
capacity 5.5 cubic feet and features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and
vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split
folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom. Second row captain's
chairs are also available on the three-row Santa Fe.


The Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is
also found in the Hyundai Azera. This V6 engine will suit a shopper's needs in
terms of towing, drivability and fuel economy. The Santa Fe's Lambda II
3.3-liter GDI also has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200
psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel
consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large
displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio for greater thermal
efficiency and output. Santa Fe's V6 tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds is
perfect for towing small boats or weekend toys. The three-row Santa Fe's
powertrain was tuned in Ann Arbor, Michigan to satisfy American driving

                           2013      2013       2013      2013

                           Santa Fe  Highlander Pilot     Pathfinder
V6 engine                  3.3L GDI  3.5L MPI   3.5L MPI 3.5L MPI
Horsepower (@rpm)          290@6,400 270@6,200  250@5,700 260@6,400
Torque (lb-ft @rpm)        252@5,200 248@4,700  253@4,800 240@4,400
Specific Output (HP/Liter) 87.9      77.1       71.4      74.3
Base curb weight           3,946     4,045      4,306     4,185
Power-to-weight ratio      13.6      15.0       17.2      16.1
Towing capacity (lbs.)     5,000     5,000      2,000     5,000


The Lambda V6 engine is mated to Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission
with SHIFTRONIC^® manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a
wide ratio spread that suits the engine's characteristics. An automatic
transmission warmer is included to keep the transmission oil at its optimal
temperature, which improves real-world fuel economy.

Additionally, all models have an Active ECO System that modifies engine and
transmission control to smooth out throttle response to help increase
real-world fuel economy by 5-7 percent.


Santa Fe customers will feel the benefits of the optional Active Cornering
Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, which cooperatively controls torque and
braking in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Management System. This
system can anticipate traction requirements and deliver additional stability
through braking via continuous monitoring of driving conditions compared with
other AWD systems, which can only react to conditions after they occur. The
Dynamax AWD system supplied by Magna Powertrain access an intelligent control
unit that continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller and
distributes torque to any single wheel at a time through a multi-clutch plate.
The coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation
system. Braking force can also be sent to any single wheel at a time via the
software. These processes are known as torque vectoring and torque braking.
All this analysis is completely transparent to the driver.

Drivers of the Santa Fe equipped with Active Cornering Control AWD will
realize the following advantages:

  oImproved lateral stability while cornering
  oRemoval of unintended over- and under-steer, by reducing unwanted traction
    to the front and rear axle
  oHigh thermal capacity, which helps prevent overheating during hill climbs
    and trailer towing

In addition, greater efficiency is achieved through the intelligent control
electronics that provide the torque needed for enhanced traction in a variety
of driving situations. As a result, lower fuel consumption and reduced
emissions are achieved. The electronic components are also optimally sized for
minimal energy usage. This intelligent system allows for even more driver

All 2013 Santa Fe trims feature Hyundai's Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and
Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes
rolling backwards on steep ascents, while DBC helps the driver maintain
vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents. By selecting the DBC
switch, the Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors,
steering angle sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on
steep declines without having to use the brake.


For enhanced ride performance, Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and the
three-row Santa Fe employ a compact and light MacPherson strut front
suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension. The front
suspension has a 26 mm hollow stabilizer bar to save weight. The rear
suspension uses a 21 mm solid stabilizer bar in the front wheel drive and 19
mm solid stabilizer bar in the all-wheel drive Santa Fe. The larger Santa Fe
sits on 18- or 19-inch wheels.

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai's all-new Driver Selectable
Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This
innovative system allows drivers to adapt the Santa Fe's steering
characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort
mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of
steering with a 10 percent decrease in steering effort from Normal mode.
Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is
optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and decreases power
steering assist by 10 percent from Normal mode. The Driver Selectable Steering
Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts
on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering
range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering dampening
characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in
Santa Fe.


The sleek design of the Santa Fe, combined with Hyundai's expertise in
interior engineering, delivers a great presence on the road, while improving
functionality and convenience. The spacious cabin has more passenger and cargo
volume along with second and third row leg room than Toyota Highlander.
Seating utility is also improved, due to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat
back. This seat back is perfect for seating five passengers comfortably or
accommodating four passengers, plus long items like skis, golf clubs,
snowboards or surfboards. Fold down two seats to seat three people and hold
larger packages or fold all rear seats to maximize cargo space. The three-row
Santa Fe also features a power liftgate for added convenience.

Santa Fe include a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage
features, including an overhead console sunglass holder, two front and two
rear seat cupholders, door bottle holders, enlarged central storage console,
front storage bin, front seat back pockets and generous under-floor cargo

Dual-zone climate controls ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants
during long journeys. The dual-zone climate controls also incorporate an
automatic defogging system, which detects humidity levels using a sensor and
removes it from the windshield. Another premium feature is a CleanAir Ionizer
that produces negatively charged ions to purify the air when the heater or air
conditioner is running.


The larger Santa Fe rides on a 110.2-inch wheelbase, which is 3.9 inches
longer than the Santa Fe Sport's wheelbase. Its overall length of 193.1 inches
is 8.5 inches longer compared to Santa Fe Sport. The 74.2-inch width is
slightly wider (0.2 inch) than Santa Fe Sport. The LWB Santa Fe's overall
height is 66.5 inches, which is 0.4 inches higher than Santa Fe Sport.

Exterior (inches)                Santa Fe Sport Santa Fe

Estimated                        (5-pass.)      (6/7-pass.)
Wheelbase                        106.3"         110.2"

Overall Length                   184.6"         193.1"

Overall Width (excludes mirrors) 74.0"          74.2"

Overall Height with Roof Rack    66.1"          66.5"

Ultimately, the long wheelbase for both models allows for maximum comfort. An
example of this is found in the second row seat track, delivering more
second-row legroom. The three-row Santa Fe's cargo volume is 40.9 cubic feet
behind the second row seats and 13.5 cubic feet behind the third row seats.


The all-new architecture incorporates a new design that not only improves
torsional rigidity by 16 percent, it also incorporates a 30-percent increase
in the use of ultra high-strength-tensile steel to improve collision energy
management. High-strength steel reduces weight and also allows the suspension
to work optimally. Ultra-high strength tensile sheet metal has also been
applied to the outer door panels for the first time in the company's history.
In addition, anti-corrosion steel was applied to 70 percent of outer frame and
floor structure.

New hot stamping and roll-forming methods have also been applied to impact
members, which provide added strength, reduces the number of body parts and
makes the architecture lighter. The amount of structural adhesives has also
been increased significantly for improved body rigidity, crashworthiness and


World-class weight efficiency is an essential part of all Hyundai models and
the new Santa Fe hits its target. The curb weight for a FWD three-row Santa Fe
is 3,946 pounds, with AWD models weighing 4,098 pounds. Santa Fe provides
outstanding fuel economy and is 99 pounds lighter than Highlander and 239
pounds lighter than the all-new Pathfinder. It is also 320 pounds lighter than
the outgoing Veracruz. This priority on weight efficiency allows the three-row
Santa Fe to deliver carlike handling, outstanding acceleration and fuel


All models have a standard Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which
optimally manages Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven
electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works to control two effects. The first is
when a driver accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one
side, dry pavement on the other) and the vehicle wants to pull in one
direction. VSM detects this condition and sends a signal to the MDPS to apply
steering assist. VSM counters the pull and automatically provides eight Newton
meters of counter-steering. VSM reacts the same way during sudden lane changes
or fast cornering. Active Cornering AWD drive models integrate torque and
brake vectoring. 

All Santa Fe models feature seven airbags, including side curtain airbags and
a driver's knee airbag along with rollover sensors for the side curtain
airbags. When the sensors detect a potential rollover, the control module
triggers the head-curtain side airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners to help
protect passengers against serious injury.

Santa Fe also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package
includes four-wheel disc brakes (12.6 inch front and 11.9 inch rear), an
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist providing maximum
braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force
Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear
axles, based on vehicle loading conditions. Additionally, Santa Fe offers
family-friendly passive safety features, including a Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH) system for children's seats on the second row and
three-point seatbelts for all seating positions.


All Santa Fe models offer an optional multifunction eight-inch touch-screen
display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user
interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation
screens. The system is more intuitive to use for commonly used tasks. Simple
pop-up messages now appear to help pair a phone. The voice recognition
software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The
route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One
or two button pushes now complete most functions. 

HD Radio technology is also integrated into all Santa Fe displays. An HD Radio
icon on the display appears next to the channel frequency to notify the user
this station is broadcasting in HD.

All models are available with four audio systems. Standard is an
AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers and
iPod^®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. The upgrade audio system boasts a 4.3-inch
full color LCD screen with HD Radio and rear view camera. The third system
consists of the Gen 3.0 Navigation unit with Dimension audio with 10 speakers.
Finally, the premium navigation system includes an Infinity^® 550-watt, Logic
7^® surround sound audio system with 12 speakers, including an eight-inch
subwoofer and external amplifier is available. A SiriusXM Satellite Radio
interface is integrated into each head unit and features channel logos and
Data services, such as NavWeather^®, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. A
Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book
download and audio streaming is also standard. Both navigation systems
integrate rear-view camera output. Blue Link™ turn-by-turn navigation is
standard on all Santa Fe models (complimentary trial period).


Blue Link® combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify
owners' lives and reduce distracted driving. Blue Link brings seamless
connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice text messaging,
POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, and monthly vehicle
reporting. Hyundai Blue Link telematics is standard on all Santa Fe models
with up to a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link can be easily
accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web and via a smart
phone. Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and

Blue Link Assurance package:

  oAutomatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  oSOS Emergency Assistance
  oEnhanced Roadside Assistance

Blue Link Essentials package:


  oRemote Door Lock/Unlock
  oRemote Horn and Lights
  oPanic Notification
  oRemote Engine Start
  oAlarm Notification
  oQuick Tips
  oLocation Sharing
  oVoice Text Messaging

Vehicle Diagnostics:

  oAutomated Diagnostic Trouble Code
  oMaintenance Alert
  oRecall Advisor
  oWeb Vehicle Diagnostics
  oService Link


  oStolen Vehicle Recovery
  oStolen Vehicle Slowdown
  oVehicle Immobilization
  oValet Alert
  oSpeed Alert
  oCurfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  oTurn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  oPOI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  oPOI Web Search and Download
  oDaily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  oGas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  oRestaurant Ratings

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at


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Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary
Roadside Assistance.

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