Uncamouflaged images of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe have finally hit the web, thanks to the Hyundai Blog. These two snap shots of the 2013 Santa Fe give us our first preview of what we can expect from Hyundai when the new Santa Fe debuts at the New York International Auto Show in April.
Back in October, spy shots emerged of a camouflaged 2013 Santa Fe rolling around the streets of New York. From what we could tell, the new Santa Fe would be bigger than the outgoing model, and would receive an all-new exterior design. The camouflaged mule also gave us a slight glimpse of the 2013 Santa Fe’s new grille which looks to be very similar to Ford’s old tri-bar grille.
These spy shots from the Hyundai Blog clearly show what those photos hid under all that camo. Up front, the 2013 Santa Fe gets a chrome three-bar grille in a trapezoidal opening reminiscent of the Veloster’s. The new Santa Fe also gets new headlights that follow the same design language of the refreshed 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Around back, the 2013 Santa Fe boasts a stylish tailgate and tapered tail lamps, the latter bearing some resemblance to those used on Audi’s Q5 and Q7 SUVs.
The 2013 Santa Fe’s engine choices aren’t currently known, and details likely won’t leak out until the official debut later this year. We’re expecting the next-gen Santa Fe to make full use of Hyundai’s gasoline-direct injection four-bangers, and possibly the 293-hp 3.3-liter GDI V-6 from the recently-introduced Azera. Rumors are also floating around that the 2013 Santa Fe may get a version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that’s currently found in the Veloster Turbo and Sonata to help it go head-to-head with the EcoBoost-equipped Ford Explorer.
Source: Hyundai Blog