NAIAS: 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2010 North American International Auto Show is surely the best moment of the year to introduce new models in the US market and Hyundai is trying to take full advantage of this.

The South Korean manufacturer debuted at the show the 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe, a model offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter inline-four that develops 175 horsepower - also offered on the Tucson and available as standard - plus a 3.5-liter Lambda V6 releasing 276 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque offered as an option.

Fuel consumption has been improved as well, with the 2.4-liter unit achieving 20/28 mpg while the 3.5-liter unit posts 20/26 mpg.

As compared to the 2010 version, the new Santa Fe isn't quite a new model, as it only features slight upgrades in terms of styling but more important modifications in terms of engine upgrades. As you can see, the 2.7-liter and the 3.3-liter V6 engines have been replaced by new units, specifically tweaked for improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

In terms of safety, the Santa Fe comes with six standard airbags, including side air curtain airbags. Other highlights including ABS with BA, EBD, ESC, three-point seatbelts and adjustable head restraints and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Hyundai hasn't released pricing information for the 2011 Santa Fe but the revised model is likely to come with a similar price tag as its predecessor. However, more details should be provided soon as sales of the upgraded version are expected to begin very soon.
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