Scooped: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in Europe (interior revealed).

by Aug 17, 2011All News, Hyundai, Spy Shots9 comments

Maybe to debut at the 2012 Detroit Autoshow, the newest korean automaker SUV, the 2013 Santa Fe, was caught for the first time in Europe, at the Hyundai-Kia European Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Which will probably named ix45 in Europe, the new Hyundai’s SUV is come to cover a space in the popular mid-size crossover segment with a modern proposal, on both continents. Actually, Hyundai sold the old Santa Fe and Veracruz/ix55 in those markets.

Altrought with different names, the European and North American ix45/Santa Fe will share the same basic styling with some minor trim variations and mechanical hardware. The European specification includes a Santa Fe with a 2.0-liter petrol engine and  four-cylinder diesel unit, with a six manual/automatic transmission available. The US-spec version includes at first the known 2.4 Theta II GDi with 201 horsepower, used in many models of the Hyundai-Kia Group.

While still under heavy camouflage, it’s obvious that the next generation Santa Fe will feature a modern look heavily influenced by the latest Tuscon/iX35 and i40. The same goes for the interior that sports a double binnacle design for the instrument panel,  a color LCD screen sits in the radio display and the climate control system is a series of knobs and buttons that look more futuristic. Silver-painted trim is evident throughout.

Images by Carscoop and LeftLane.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. Amy

    Another good one! Jose! We need to talk soon about you and Erick joining our project soon 🙂

  2. Greg

    If you go to the picture linked, there is a picture recently snapped by Motor Trend in HKAG’s Namyang facility. Parked there is an unfamiliar CUV. Could it be the New Rondo? New Santa Fe? Maybe post it and see what others think…..

  3. Juan

    Thank you for your photos!!! they are amazing. When we will able to buy one? I´m going to be a father for third time a I would like to buy the new Santa Fe but I´m a little worried for how much time we have to wait to see one.
    thank you again

  4. Jose Antonio López

    It’s expected that the 2013 Santa Fe will make its international debut next month in Frankfurt, but North American models won’t be unveiled until the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

    You’re welcome! 🙂

  5. Juan

    thank you for your answer! then do you think that the next year the car will be sold?
    now I´m lokking for the i40, but i think that in the new santa fe I´ll have more space for the baby seats (3).
    See you!!!

  6. Jose Antonio López

    I think that at first, be sold in South Korea and North America, and few months ago in Europe, I would bet first quarter of 2012 in Korea/USA, second quarter in Europe.

    Greetings!! 😉

  7. Marc

    New Santa Fe for Europe too? I think that unless Hyundai makes good advertisement and puts good prices it won’t be the worth enough to sell it in Europe; but in the other hand, I’m sure that it’ll be well sold in USA.

  8. Seap

    2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is ranked fourteen of twenty mid-sized SUV to match features, price, and safety ratings.



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