Hyundai Santa Fe
One car bearing that Hyundai logo on its body that failed to take-off successfully is the Hyundai Santa Fe, the SUV, which enters the Indian shores through the CBU route faces tough competition from the Germans. It is expected that Hyundai will either discontinue the model in India or will bring the next-avatar of the Santa Fe in the market. The next generation Santa Fe has been improved significantly in terms of styling and engineering. The new Santa Fe, which was unveiled during the NYC Auto Show follows the design fluidic design language closely with flowing lines all around the car.
The front fascia increases the presence of the vehicle intensely, the sweeping headlamps and huge front grille evolves the Santa Fe by leap. Santa Fe now looks massive and competes strongly with the likes of Honda CR-V and BMW X1 in matter of looks as well as technology. The small design quos make the vehicle a true SUV.
Inside the car, Hyundai has increased the luxury and quality of built. The top notch material used in the Santa Fe makes it a good choice over its German counterparts. The dashboard is formed in a good way and is simple to spot the important buttons. There is touch screen for multimedia and a premium audio equipment too.
Current Santa Fe is well powered and the next generation will continue to use the services of the current engines. The 2-liter engine churns out a maximum of 196 PS and is mated with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai has surely gained the numbers in the mass segment of vehicle, but the company is yet to leave a mark on the premium segment offerings. One such offering which failed in Indian market is Tucson. The next-generation of Tucson or the iX35, as it is known in the International market is expected to reach the Indian shores during the expo. The all new Tucson will make quite a noise in the market if launched, and with the history of Hyundai doing experiments in the market, it would be great to see them launch the car in India again.
In markets like UK, Tucson covers up the segment below the premium SUVs like the Santa Fe and the Koleos from Renault with a price tag 20 per cent lower than the premium models. In India, it could translate into a price bracket of Rs. 17-19 lakh – which is a very competitive price module for other companies.
Following the Fluidic design language, the new Tucson has elegance with traces of muscularity! The hexagonal front grille on top of a secondary pentagonal grille serves the purpose of making the car a looker!
Interiors of the Hyundai Tucson have improved too, the car now gets extra legroom and headroom, while the overall height of the vehicle has gone down. The panoramic sunroof with a center panel, which can be tiled or can be slid completely gives more openness to the vehicle.
The Indian specific Tucson might carry a diesel engine of 2.0 liter with maximum power of 135 PS mated with a 6-speed manual tranny which will result in a great fuel efficient machine. Hyundai might also come up with an automatic and 4X4 version to add more variety to their stable.
Hyundai Sonata captured much of the Indian market when it was launched, the premium saloon captured the audience with its soothing design and first-class performance. Now, Hyundai is working on the third generation of the vehicle and India might see the face of the new Sonata during the Auto Expo 2014. The current Sonata looks more of a stylish saloon instead of a premium executive look. The next-generation Sonata will see use of even more use of fluidic flow design and will look much more elegant that the current iteration.
Subtle design changes like the bigger front chrome grille on a more elegantly carved out bonnet gives the Hyundai Sonata a new mature look. Headlamp set-up is now a combination of LED lamps and conventional projector, hence enhancing the look of the vehicle.