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First Drive: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

No one-trick pony.

by on Sep.14, 2012

Hyundai remakes the Santa Fe crossover with its Fluidic Sculpture design language.

Hyundai has been on a roll of late. But like an eager new homeowner it is still looking to knock down some walls to enlarge a space that it believes holds additional promise — which is precisely where the new 2013 Santa Fe comes into the picture.

Small crossovers are hot in today’s fast-changing market and Hyundai executives believe they aren’t getting a fair share of what is one of the fastest-growing segments. Hence, the 2013 Santa Fe has been groomed and tailored to make it more appealing to buyers looking for a blend of practical utility and new technology while also delivering on some of the old school automotive fundamentals such as power and good handling.

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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe line-up is not a one-trick pony – and that means the updated line-up could be a bit confusing. There are actually two versions of the crossover-utility vehicles for 2013. The five-door Santa Fe Sport is the direct replacement for the outgoing model while the Santa Fe name — full stop — now goes onto a 3-row, 7-passenger offering that replaces the largely ignored Hyundai Veracruz.


First Look: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Reveals new “Storm Edge” design theme.

by on Mar.12, 2012

Hyundai will introduce the new 2013 Santa Fe in New York next month.

It was a dark and stormy design…

Well, not quite, but this somewhat shadowed teaser image from Hyundai provides a first look at the maker’s next-generation Santa Fe crossover.  The 2013 remake introduces what the maker has dubbed “Storm Edge,” an update of its well-regarded Fluidic Sculpture design language.

The two renderings come less than a month before Hyundai rolls out the 2013 Santa Fe at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.  The update of the CUV is an important and symbolic move for the Korean carmaker.  The original Santa Fe marked the transformation of the Hyundai brand from one focusing on cheap and boring products into a maker of stylish, fun-to-drive – if still affordable – automobiles.

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The most notable change comes with an updated take on the familiar Hyundai six-sided grille.  It now features flatter, but thicker, cross slats.  The front look borrows heavily from the maker’s new Azera, especially when it comes to the wraparound headlamps, which feature LED accents around the main projector bulbs.