THE Hyundai Santa Fe has scored a boost heading into 2020, with the introduction of a powerful 3.5-litre 206kW V6 petrol engine, with the new power plant representing the first time a V6 has been available across the range.
The new motor supersedes the 2.4-litre previously available only on the Active AWD variant, and will deliver an extra 68kW and 95Nm (now 336Nm) over the offering it replaces, with the 2020 Santa Fe V6 range to start at $43,000 plus on-roads.
The V6 engine is available in the 2020 Santa Fe Active, Elite and Highlander (the new range for next year), and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It has a claimed fuel economy of 10.6-litres/100km.
It is offered alongside the torquey and efficient 147kW/440Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, which continues across all grades, and is teamed with an eight-speed automatic and Hyundai’s advanced HTRAC all-wheel drive.
The Santa Fe’s ride and handling package has been revised with a local tune developed to suit the new power train, as well as Australia’s uniquely challenging city and country roads, building on the model’s renowned ride comfort and dynamic ability.
The addition of a powerful V6 petrol engine builds on the appeal of the Santa Fe, which continues to deliver segment-first standard advanced active safety, as well as an array of connectivity, convenience and comfort features.
On the safety front, the 2020 Santa Fe’s standard SmartSense suite includes forward collision-avoidance assist, smart cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot collision avoidance assist and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist.
Driver attention warning, high beam assist and lane keep assist are also on board. The Santa Fe teams family-friendly style and superb interior space and functionality, with features such as a ‘walk-in’ switch second-row folding function.
A smart powered tailgate is also standard for the Elite and Highlander variants. The Elite hits the market at $51,000 plus on-roads in its petrol V6 form ($54,000 plus on-roads for the diesel), while the Highlander is priced at $57,500 plus on-roads for the V6.
“The addition of a powerful V6 engine across the award-winning Santa Fe range builds strongly on the appeal of our long-time family-favourite SUV,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia COO John Kett.
“Santa Fe continues to give Australian families standard SmartSense active safety and cutting-edge connectivity and convenience features, in a stylish, spacious and versatile SUV that delivers exceptional value for money, with the peace of mind of Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Lifetime Service Plan,” he said.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe range is available now.