HYUNDAI has reintroduced its 2WD V6 Active X to its seven-seat Santa Fe SUV lineup to sit between the four-cylinder base model Active manual and automatic variants.
Offering a 3.3-litre V6 powered front-wheel drive option, the Active X will offer more for large SUV buyers.
The Active X features extra gear not featured in the current Active variant, including 19-inch alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, heather leather front seats, dual zone climate control and smartphone comparability as standard.
Until now engine options in the Santa Fe included a 2.4-litre 4 cylinder in the Active, and a 2.2-litre 4 cylinder turbodiesel across the rest of the range.
The new Active X will feature Hyundai’s all-aluminium 3.3-litre MPi petrol V6 Lambda-II engine under the bonnet, producing 199kW of power and 318Nm or torque, which is slightly less than the turbodiesel engine.
Exterior details include chrome door handles and dark grey rims while inside there’s the usual 7-inch touchscreen infotainment offers smartphone compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Glovebox cooling is also included.
Like the rest of the range, the Active X is rated with a 5-star ANCAP and includes safety gear such as seven airbags, brake assist, downhill brake control and hill-start assist, as well as rear-view camera and rear parking sensors.
"New Santa Fe Series II Active X packages V6 power and smoothness with a host of desirable features at a surprisingly affordable price," Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer, Scott Grant, said.
"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.”
The Active X is priced at $40,990 Active X and bridges the price gap between the Active manual ($39,350) and automatic ($41,850).