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 Lopez

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

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