The Hyundai Santa Fe is a middle-size crossover, manufactured by Hyundai, the South Korean automaker. The Hyundai Santa Fe is derived from the Hyundai Sonata platform, which was introduced as the 2001 model year first sports utility vehicle of Hyundai. The Hyundai Santa Fe got its name from a city called Santa Fe in New Mexico, and the vehicle was a milestone in the restructuring program of Hyundai in the late 1990s. This is for the reason that, in spite of receiving criticism from reporters for its ambiguous looks, the Hyundai Santa Fe was a great success among American buyers. The Hyundai Santa Fe was much admired that at times, the manufacturer had difficulty in fulfilling the demand. The Hyundai Santa Fe rapidly became the best-selling vehicle of Hyundai and it played a vital part in the success of Hyundai in the United States. The size of the Hyundai Santa Fe lies between the Tucson, the smaller crossover and the Veracruz, the luxury larger crossover ass of 2007.
The next generation Hyundai Santa Fe was chosen for the 2008 Top Pick award of the Consumer Reports and it was one of the leading 10 vehicles for the year 2008, revealed in the periodical's issue. The magazine's yearly ratings, derived from road tests and predicted reliability and safety, are measured highly powerful among customers.
The third Generation of Hyundai Santa Fe came in two models, such as regular and extended in 2012. A five-seat Sport model was introduced during September 2012 and the extensive long wheel base version that replaced the Veracruz, was available for sale at showrooms during November 2012.
Hyundai introduced a redesigned Santa Fe on the 14th of February 2012, after it was unveiled at the Auto Show in New York on the 4th of April 2012 and it was available for sale in June 2012 as a 2013 SUV model. The third generation Hyundai Santa Fe comes in two wheelbase models, such as shorter five-seat Sport model and the long-wheelbase Santa Fe XL model. The long wheelbase model came with three seat rows, which was designed to accommodate six to seven passengers. The Hyundai Santa Fe also received a distinctive grille design, flush double exhaust tips, optional 19 inch alloy wheels, and a body shape that emphasizes the added passenger of the crossover and consignment room hind-wise from the B-pillar.
Both models of the third generation Hyundai Santa Fe feature the innovative Storm Edge design example, finally to commence on all other versions, and feature rejuvenated Santa Fe single body crossover platform, similar to the majority of today's sport utility vehicles.
The 2013 model Hyundai Santa Fe Sport went on sale during September 2012 for the automotive market of North America. The long-wheelbase model of Hyundai Santa Fe would follow suit during November 2012 and it went on sale during early part of 2013 following the Veracruz stopped production. The Korean-specification Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in Asia on the 19th of April 2012, in the form of short wheel base, with the seven-seat capacity, which was equipped with diesel engines, such as 2.2-liter, E-VGT R-Line, and 2.0-liter, E-VGT R-Line.
During March 2013, the long-wheelbase model of the Hyundai Santa Fe was available in South Korea, and it was named as the Maxcruz.