|AWARD WINNING HYUNDAI SANTA FE GETS FURTHER REFINEMENTS|
With a Formidable Combination of Features, Functionality and Style, the Capable Santa Fe is On Target with Today’s SUV Shoppers.
Aug. 15, 2005 - Entering its sixth year in production, the Hyundai Santa Fe has forged a remarkable reputation against tough competition. Gaining in features, style and performance with each model year, Santa Fe is a three-time winner of the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award. It also finished first in Strategic Vision’s 2004 Total Quality Index. Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) gave Santa Fe a class-leading four-star rating for residual value.
For 2006, the Santa Fe continues to improve. The top trim level LX has been replaced with the Limited, which builds on the base GLS trim’s many standard features by adding leather seating surfaces and other upgrades. A new all-black monochromatic color scheme also is available as an option on the Limited.
In the event of a collision, the Santa Fe’s steel unibody and perimeter frame feature crumple zones that help dissipate crash energy and reduce the forces that passengers are subjected to. Body side reinforcements provide another line of defense, while hood buckling creases and safety stops help to safely control hood deformation in a severe impact.
All five seating positions have three-point seatbelts; the front belts include pretensioners and have height-adjustable shoulder harnesses. The Santa Fe has dual front airbags, along with front seat side airbags for greater protection in side impacts. Convenient anchor points allow child seats to be secured in the back seat.
When it comes to entertainment, the Santa Fe is well equipped. The standard GLS audio system is a Monsoon-engineered AM/FM/XM/CD/Cassette system with an external amplifier that kicks out 218 watts of power to 6 speakers. For optimum sound quality, the front-door and rear speakers are Monsoon premium units. The Limited trim level has the same power and speaker arrangement, but has a different Monsoon head-unit that trades the cassette player for a 6-disc in-dash CD changer.
Functional utility is critical to SUV buyers, and the Santa Fe more than measures up with a highly versatile interior design. With 100.7 cubic feet of passenger space, there’s plenty of room for all five passengers to get comfortable. Behind the reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seats, there’s another 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space that opens up to a cavernous 77.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. There’s additional storage beneath the carpeted load floor, and the flip-up rear tailgate glass makes it easy to load small items.
For Santa Fe owners looking for maximum performance, the 3.5-liter V6 that’s optional in the GLS and standard in the Limited offers a significant upgrade. The Sigma V6 features dual overhead cams operating 24 valves; the rigid block is cast iron, with aluminum cylinderheads used to cut weight. At its peak, the engine produces 200 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 219 lb.-ft. of torque at an easily accessible 3500 rpm.
The 3.5-liter engine is matched to Hyundai’s five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. This electronically controlled transmission offers drivers the choice of leaving the lever in Drive for conventional fully automatic operation, or moving the lever to a separate gate to the right for manual shift control. The transmission is fully adaptive, so it “learns” a driver’s preferences and adjusts its shift-mapping accordingly.
This efficient powertrain combination provides responsive acceleration coupled with good fuel economy. With front-wheel drive or with four-wheel drive, the 3.5-liter V6’s EPA estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway.
THREE DRIVETRAIN CHOICES
The Fulltime four-wheel drive system available with the 2.7-liter engine continuously sends 60-percent of the power to the front wheels and 40-percent to the rear wheels. The system is always engaged, fully automatic, and requires no input from the driver. A Dual Drive Differential that features two planetary gears and a viscous coupling takes care of the power split without the need for sensors or electronics.
With the 3.5-liter engine, a sophisticated InterActive Torque Management (ITM) 4-Wheel Drive System is available. This Borg Warner design routes up to 99-percent of the engine’s power to the front wheels in normal conditions, then automatically delivers up to 50-percent of the power to the rear wheels when road conditions or acceleration change. This electronic “on-demand” system operates in variable four-wheel drive at all times by monitoring the throttle position, front wheel angle and wheel slippage/spin; then as conditions change, the power is automatically routed to the wheels with the best traction.
The ITM system consists of three sections in one compact, lightweight package positioned in front of the Santa Fe’s rear differential. There is the actuating section, the torque transmitting section and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU). When the ECU senses the need for additional torque at the rear wheels, it sends a signal to the actuating section which causes the multiple wet clutches to engage and send torque to the rear axle.
COMFORTABLE AND CONTROLLED SUSPENSION
SANTA FE GLS
The GLS 3.5L builds on this equipment list with a 3.5-liter V6, five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission, electrochromic auto-dimmer rear view mirror and HomeLink. A power tilt/slide sunroof and InterActive Torque Management (ITM) four-wheel drive are offered as options.
SANTA FE LIMITED
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 670 dealerships nationwide.