Hyundai Santa Fé: Santa’s Back
Photography: Rommel Albuquerque
Three years and four months after launching the second-generation Santa Fé in India, Hyundai Motor Company India have got a new proposition for the SUV-loving clientele. On 5 February 2014, the company launched the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fé at the 12th Auto Expo. This latest iteration of the flagship model from the company looks quite an interesting one on paper and in reality. The Korean mega corp expects the Santa Fé to give it a solid space in the ever-growing SUV segment. To find out how it does that, we headed towards ‘God’s own Country’, to wit, Kerala.
The previous generation Santa Fé was a good-looking SUV, but it had matured a bit too much with time and some drastic changes were called for to give it a fresh appeal. Hyundai understood that quite well, which is clearly reflected in the new Santa Fé. Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Design’ language has done wonders so far the SUV’s looks are concerned. It looks contemporary and quite flamboyant, just like every other Hyundai out there. The swept-back headlamps, a bold grille, butch and muscular bumper, interesting looking fog lamps perfectly complement the sleek LED tail-lamps and the slanting rear screen. The shoulder-line is also quite interesting, because it suddenly rises sharply at the rear door. Being Hyundai’s global product, close attention has been paid to the design. It now looks much more appealing and has a very European feel about it. Design-wise I would give the new Santa Fé full marks for it is one of the best looking contemporary SUVs out there.