Motor Trend reports Hyundai has confirmed that its next-generation Santa Fe will bow at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The third-generation Santa Fe is expected to hit dealer lots by the end of the year as a 2013 model. Hyundai hasn't disclosed exactly what we can expect from the vehicle when it arrives, though spy shots suggest a vehicle more in-line with the automaker's current design language. MT believes the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue on with the same powertrain options found in the current vehicle, which means buyers can look forward to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai may squeeze a bit more performance or fuel efficiency out of those engines, however. Some reports have also suggested the 2013 Santa Fe may bow with a new turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood as well. That engine is currently found in the likes of the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T where it produces 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

Finally, our intelligence still suggests that Hyundai will eventually market a stretched three-row variant of the Santa Fe as the de-facto replacement for the slow-selling Veracruz, but it isn't clear whether that vehicle (or strategy) will be disclosed in New York.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      That suckers going to have some serious rear blind spots.
        Matrix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        I doubt it, the rear quarter windows are covered by the camo and the rear window is actually a lot bigger than the current gen, should be almost no blind spots.
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      Scarboy6693
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually saw this driving around in Irvine where I live more than once. The first time I saw it I had a feeling it was a hyundai. Don't know why
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure it'll be another competent crossover, but good lord, that D-pillar.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since when has a 6-cyclinder been more fuel efficient than a 4-cyclinder?
          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          A turboed 4-cylinder can actually be pretty terrible on gas in the real world. It gets good EPA numbers because they obviously tune it so that it's almost never in boost for the EPA cycle but in the real world once the turbo's spun up it's often worse on fuel economy. Turbo engines typically have to burn much richer air/fuel mixes compared to a standard engine but the difference is even more obvious in newer engines that run much leaner ratios.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        This place is rapidly becoming intolerable with all the fanboy crap. You could also wait til the Accord officially has the production model revealed, has power levels actually confirmed, and fuel economy numbers released. Until then, shut up.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
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        Darius
        • 3 Years Ago
        And Hyundai's 350 hp direct injected V6 is even more powerful and fuel efficient. Lets not forget Honda went safe and put a 273 hp 3.5 V6 in the new RDX instead of updating the 2.3 turbo I4 now Hyundai will have to show them how it's done.
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      RIP over-the-shoulder visibility...
        godwhomismike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        I have the 2011 Kia Sportage SX (the 260 hp turbo-4 model with 269 lb ft torque @ 1850 rpm). I can say that over-the-shoulder visibility is not as bad as you would think. But, the A-pillars are way too wide, and sometimes block visibility on twisty roads.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @godwhomismike
          Your car has absolutely NO rear visibility between the huge pillars and the tiny rear window. It is what drove my friend away from the SX he test drove.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @godwhomismike
          I did drive that exact model, and I've also had a Sportage as a rental. It was a much lower trim line though. I put about 300 miles on the rental, and that is enough to say it has terrible rearward visibility. Back up camera or not, it is a problem.
      bk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it come with three spare transmissions for your first 2 years of driving?
      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello Buick enclave/chevy Traverse Copy. **** Hyundai! cannot stand these ******* stupid ass posers!
      DC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Super-sized Veloster anyone? That is what I think I see.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DC
        Are you referring to the gape, open mouthed grill? I hope not! LOL
      godwhomismike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have the 2011 Kia Sportage SX (the 260 hp turbo-4 model with 269 lb ft torque @ 1850 rpm). It's an amazing engine, and the automatic is extremely smooth, and tuned very well. On highways, I routinely see more than the 25 mpg highway rating, plus it is recommended to run on regular 87 octane fuel. The torque is a blast, because it's always there, and it pulls like a runaway freight train up steep grades. I hope that this engine comes to the Hyundai Santa Fe. It's really an amazing powertrain with a lot of power, great fuel economy, great handling, and a lot of comfort and features. I have not once in the last 7 months missed my old turbocharged 2009 Subaru Forester XT Limited (w/ Navigation). I have over 8000 miles on the Sportage SX, and they've been great.
      Teko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see it with no camo, looks like it may be a winner.
      Penfold1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will be availible in two wheelbases and the Veracruz will later be replaced in the Equus brand. The Veracruz is actually doing well. Sales increased in 2011.
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