A new flagship SUV for Hyundai Sante Fe range – named the ‘endurance edition’ – has been released to mark the recent 30-day Antarctic expedition by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Great Grandson, completed in the Korean manufacturer’s large 4WD.
This is no mean feat for a standard 2.2 diesel SUV, and to celebrate, 500 of these limited edition cars will be produced. Each car is based on the 2.2 diesel 7 seat 4WD Automatic Sante Fe in Premium SE trim with Convenience Pack, which boasts Smart Electric Tailgate, Panoramic Sunroof, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control and Around View Monitor.
Endurance Editions are further marked out by 19-inch alloy wheels – wrapped in 235/55 R19 tyres – Side Bar Sport running steps. The final touch is a special Endurance logo, which can be found on the B-pillar and interior floor mats. The eye-catching logo commemorates Shackleton’s Endurance expedition and features the Shackleton Family Motto and a 28-point compass representing the 28 crew that survived.
The Santa-Fe is a very able car, and I was very impressed when I drove one at a media day last year. It’s well equipped, and it’s nice to see Hyundai taking its practicality seriously, and even though the endurance edition may not hit the headlines, it is £2,400 cheaper than a standard Premium SE with Convenience Pack and Automatic transmission.
Orders open from 17th May.
View the film below of Hyundai’s ‘Shackleton Return.’