Here are the latest shots of the new 2013 Hyundai ix45 / Santa Fe, the prototype was caught by our spy photographer whilst undergoing winter testing near the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. The new generation model will retain its name as the Santa Fe for the North American markets, but European consumers will have to get used to a name change – the ix45.
The model pictured here has unfortunately kept its heavy camouflage padding on. Quite understandable though, it is exceptionally cold in Scandinavia at the moment. We do however get a small glimpse of the styling of the front fascia that appears to feature a horizontal three-bar chrome grille, which is fairly similar to the current generation model. This suggests the design will follow an evolutionary rather than revolutionary styling update.
The new Santa Fe / ix45 will also be treated to a third row of seating creating space for an additional two passengers. Engines are currently unknown but rumours have suggested a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 274 hp (204 kW / 278 PS) and 269 lb-ft (364 Nm) of torque will be available.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe / ix45 is expected to be officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.