Hyundai has bucked recent industry trends by adding a naturally-aspirated V6 petrol option to its Santa Fe range.
Smaller capacity engines with turbochargers are increasingly becoming the norm, however the Korean family hauler will now be available with a 3.3-litre V6 petrol.
Dubbed the Active X, the new two-wheel-drive variant sees the V6 engine return to the seven seater range permanently after featuring in the limited edition Santa Fe 30.
Priced at $40,990 plus on roads, the Active X sits between two manual variants: the entry level all-wheel-drive Active petrol and the Active diesel.
The Active X, however, has a six-speed automatic.
Offering 199kW and 318Nm, the V6 has a 61kW/77Nm advantage over the Active petrol’s 2.4-litre unit, and predictably has more power and less torque than the 2.2-litre diesel’s 147kW/440Nm.
However, the V6’s fuel economy of 10.5L/100km lags behind the automatic 2.4-litre petrol (9.4L/100km) and the diesel (7.8L/100km).
Feature-wise, the Active X has 19-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather-appointed interior, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, tyre pressure monitoring system, cooled glovebox and a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility among its standard features.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant said the Active X combined generous equipment levels with the smoothness and power of a V6 – something many buyers would be interested in.
“For buyers who don’t need all-wheel-drive, Active X is a capable and exceptionally well-equipped Hyundai large SUV for under $41,000,” he siad.
“And that’s big news in one of Australia’s most popular market segments.”