The special edition Santa Fe Trail is based on the entry-level SLX CRDi all-wheel-drive model, which is powered by Hyundai’s 145kW/421Nm 2.2-litre diesel engine. The $39,590 six-speed manual and $41,590 six-speed automatic variants are both $1600 more than the SLX models.
For the price, the interior benefits from a reversing camera displayed in the rear-view mirror, a ceiling-mounted entertainment screen for rear-seat passengers, leather seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick knob, and tinted rear privacy glass.
Exterior enhancements to the Santa Fe Trail include 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear skid plates, piano black roof racks, chrome tailgate highlights and ‘Trail’ badging.
The Santa Fe Trail is available in five colours: Vanilla White, Phantom Black, Stone Grey, Titanium Silver and Blue Spirit.
The launch comes just days after the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe was unveiled at the 2012 New York auto show. A long-wheelbase version was revealed alongside the standard-wheelbase model, although as the former will initially be produced only in left-hand-drive, it will not be headed our way, at least in the short term.
The standard-wheelbase version of the third-generation Santa Fe will go on sale in Australia towards the end of the year.