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L.A. Auto Show: Hyundai's three-row Santa Fe, Veloster C3 Roll Top

November 28, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • The Veloster C3 Roll Top, a Hyundai concept, was unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show.
The Veloster C3 Roll Top, a Hyundai concept, was unveiled at the L.A. Auto… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)

Hyundai introduced the 2013 three-row Santa Fe crossover utility vehicle at the L.A. Auto Show Wednesday along with the Veloster C3 Roll Top, a California-themed concept car.

The new six/seven-passenger Santa Fe will join Hyundai's two-row Santa Fe Sport, which went on sale in August. The newly announced Santa Fe is 8.5 inches longer and is also slightly taller and wider than the Santa Fe Sport.

The three-row Santa Fe offers 1.9-inches of additional leg room for the vehicle's second row of seats -- which are available in captain's chairs if desired.

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The Santa Fe looks similar to the Santa Fe Sport, but one of the most noticeable differences between the two vehicles is the rear side windows, which are larger on the Santa Fe to accommodate its third-row passengers.

The larger crossover runs on a 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that can get 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. It has a towing rate of up to 5,000 pounds.

The South Korean automaker said pricing for the vehicle will be announced early next year, closer to the three-row Santa Fe's on-sale date.

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Hyundai also unveiled the Veloster C3 Roll Top, a three-door convertible coupe concept. As noted in the name, the Veloster C3 Roll Top features a canvas roof that can open toward the front or back of the car to accommodate bicycles or surf boards.

At the show, the Veloster C3 Roll Top was loaded with a bicycle, with its back wheel standing on the coupe's tailgate and its handle bars towering through the roll top above the car's roof. Not letting up on the California theme, Hyundai also outfitted the Veloster C3 Roll Top with teal-colored rear wheels and a cargo floor made out of repurposed skateboard parts.


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