Hyundai has introduced the production version of its three-row, six/seven-seater Santa Fe SUV. The model, which debuted in LA last week, joins the two-row, five-seater version in the planned two wheelbase form lineup for the third-gen DM, and will specifically be a left-hand drive offering.
The larger Santa Fe rides on a 2,799 mm wheelbase, which is 99 mm longer than the five-seater version. Its overall length of 4,904 mm is 215 mm longer, and it’s just a shade wider and taller than the two-row model.
The vehicle debuts with a 3.3 litre V6 GDI engine, which is also found on the Azera. The Lambda II unit offers 290 hp at 6,400 rpm and 341 Nm at 5,200 rpm, and is mated to a six-speed auto transmission.
The LWB Santa Fe, available in either FWD or AWD forms, features its own bodyside character lines – compared to the five-seater – from the B-pillar back, and the main differentiating element between the two Santa Fe models is that of the side view daylight opening, or side window shape.
Buyers have two options for seating configuration, these being seven-passenger seating with a 40:20:40 split-folding second row bench seat or six-passenger seating with second row captain’s chairs.
Features include a panoramic sunroof, powered liftgate, an optional multifunction eight-inch touchscreen display with navigation, push-button ignition with proximity key and a heated steering wheel. The Santa Fe sits on 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, with an option to go the 19-inch route.
Safety kit includes seven airbags, ABS with brake assist and EBD, as well as Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), the last managing electronic stability control under its umbrella.