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The Hyundai Grand Santa Fe has been confirmed for Europe, with the long-wheelbase version of the full-size SUV set to debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

The Grand Santa Fe originally debuted at last year’s New York motor show (pictured bottom) but will appear at the Swiss show in European specification with a unique ride and handling tune.

At 4915mm long, 1885mm wide and 1700mm tall, the Grand Santa Fe is 225mm longer, 5mm wider and 10mm taller than the standard-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe. Its 607-litre boot also beats the smaller model by 91 litres.

A redesigned grille, front bumper and fog lights, an expanded rear-quarter section with new tail-lights, and bespoke 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels differentiate the long-wheelbase model from the standard Santa Fe.

The Grand Santa Fe will be offered in Europe paired exclusively with the Korean manufacturer’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and equipped with its three-mode Flex Steer system, 4.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and full-length panoramic sunroof.

Hyundai Europe senior vice president Allan Rushforth said the addition of the Grand Santa Fe would help his company meet the growing demand for E-segment SUVs in Europe.

Earlier this month, CarAdvice brought you spy shots of a long-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe believed to be undergoing hot-weather testing in Sydney.

Despite the local sighting and now the car’s imminent availability in Europe, Hyundai Australia maintains it has no plans to introduce the Grand Santa Fe to our market.

  • greatlegs

    Could the emphasis on Europe be why the Santa Fe’s are in
    short supply in Australia, (according to dealers very hard to get) or is the
    limited supply to help sister Kia Sorento sales, I found Kia dealers are quite open
    for deals

  • Cars

    So Hyundai Oz will lose out on potential sales in the large SUV segment. The new Santa is a prison for 3rd row occupants. It will lose a lot of sales to the Sorento and other medium SUVs.

    • greatlegs

       Well to be fair the Santa Fe and Sorento are basically the same size being based on the same platform, the Grand Santa Fe is the Long wheel-base version

      • Cars

        Yes, my point was that for a 7 seat SUV, the Santa in short wheelbase is claustrophobic for 3rd row passengers. If they don’t introduce the LWB model, more people will buy the Sorento because the rear row passengers won’t feel like they are in solitary confinement.

  • Henry Toussaint

    They should bring this as it would compete with the CX-9 and Territory 

    • Jake Williams

      Yet, be much more fuel efficient and modern. 

      • Zaccy16

        may be more fuel efficient but as for driving goes the cx9 and territory smash the santa fe, long wheel base is a better idea though because the normal version has less than half of the space in the third row compared to the cx9 and tezza

      • Sumpguard

        Yeah Jake Territory diesel has been slammed for poor economy (and noise) as has CX9. Depending on which review you read they are split between the ford and the Hyundai with the CX9 not doing so well.  Generally the comments in Aussie reviews have slightly favoured the Territory for ride and steering and given the amount of time ford have had to develop it ,so they should but criticism of the ford’s price, interior and economy is common in most of the reviews I’ve read. My neighbour certainly isn’t happy with his diesel.

          Most rate the Hyundai Elite diesel as the pick of the range and outstanding value for money.

             Road noise seems to be a common gripe with Mazda and the range topper rides on 20″ alloys and has been criticised for its overly firm ride and high price. $70 grand on road for the top spec is not cheap. Especially when it is a petrol as well that drinks like a fish. By contrast the top spec Santefe Highlander is $55 k on road in a diesel with a 5 year warranty .

           “findthebest” in the states rated the Hyundai well ahead of the new cx-9 also and it is a broker’s site.

             However if you want that back row for daily use you’d bypass the Santefe unless your 3rd row passengers were pre teens.

        • F1orce

          The CX-9 is a bigger, more powerful and generally more upmarket than the Santa-Fe

          Who would spend almost $60k on a Hyundai ROFL??

          • Sumpguard

            Only the people that have pushed its waiting time out to 4-5 months for the Elite and Highlander I guess. A problem mazda would love to have with the cx9.

          • Brayden Cresswell

            To right there are plenty of these cars in w.a at the moment  I would have one over a CX9 any day of the week

        • Cars

          ”     However if you want that back row for daily use you’d bypass the Santefe unless your 3rd row passengers were pre teens.”

          Or blind!

  • Crazy n00b

    Just like Vitara and Grand Vitara eh?

  • F1orce

    So they’ll luanch this in EU but not Australia?


    • Cars

      Stupid decision – I agree.

  • Chris

    Prefer the more proportional design and functionality of the LWB. It’s unfortunate Hyundai have presently decided against LWB in RHD. A lost sale as I won’t be purchasing the SWB.

  • Tex

    I spotted the above mentioned LHD LWB completely camouflaged, so I’m sure Hyundai Australia are seriously evaluting the vehicle before it puts a case to the factory that it can sell X at Y price and make it viable.

    It may not be confirmed for release here as they are still doing ‘local hot weather testing’, but surely the vehicle underwent the same task to overcome USA’s harsh climates in central states.

    The market currently doesn’t have a decent 7-seat SUV with Diesel engine, except for the locally produced Territory.

    The CX-9 and Kluger are gas guslers, as is the soon-to-be-released Pathfinder in a Petrol 3.5L V6.

    • Tex

      And by gusler, I mean’t guzzler. Autocorrection!

    • Prodraw555

      I agree, apart from the Territory, there isnt an “affordable” Diesel 7-Seater on the market with decent luggage space with the 3rd row up here in Australia. There are the diesel Euro’s (XC90, Q7, Merc GL, etc) but who can afford them or their servicing costs???

      The biggest problem i see with the Territory is the “bench” seat in the 3rd row – stupid idea when you only want to put one child in the back with some luggage!!!

      I currently have a Diesel Santa Fe and would definetly buy a LWB Santa Fe if they offered it here as the oldest of my 4 children are getting close to teenage years.

      I’m not looking forward to the fuel costs of my next vehicle if Hyundai dont bring this vehicle into Australia (probably a CX-9 or the new Pathfinder). I might hang out for the new VW CrossBlue if i can wait that long – are you listening Hyundai Aust???

  • 451

    they’ll eventually release it i think

  • jekyl & hyde

    pity it’s not 225mm WIDER. that’s the only issue with all the koreans, the second row width…

    • Prodraw555

      The second row width for the LWB Santa Fe is very similar to the CX-9 if my memory serves me correctly.

  • Nada

    I would buy one. Come on Hyundai – bring it.

  • Mamun

    I wonder who gave them the idea that they can put 3rd row seat in a 5 seater and expect people will love it. I was waiting for the LWB since they relaesed it in USA. I could not understand how can they think that LWB one will not sell. I will buy one definitely if it comes here. Kluger 2014 is too large and technologically far behind than Santa Fe except the Grande. Cx-9 is the only competitor and that has only 3.7Lt V6. I could not see any reason for not bringing it here.