LEXUS GX460, KIA CADENZA, HYUNDAI SANTA FE GALLERIES

Of all the major releases of new car photos this last week, the three previously unpublished galleries seen below take the cake for importance. Naturally, a new BMW 5-Series is nothing to sneeze at. The Cadillac CTS Coupe is hot. And the Lexus LF-A has seen its Gallery expand with a large selection of somewhat more flattering photos.

Comparitively, a large Kia sedan; a rejigged Hyundai SUV; and a jumbo SUV which’ll sell in small Numbers are fairly irrelevant, at least photographically. Here’s why that thought isn’t applicable: The Hyundai Santa Fe has become Hyundai’s breadbasket, selling like hotcakes and challenging Honda and Toyota in ways they never anticipated a few years ago. The model you see hear is the 2010 model, so far known as the 2010 Euro Santa Fe, but judging from Hyundai North America’s absence of info on the 2010, possibly our 2010 as well. Savvy? In Europe, the ’10 Santa Fe will be available with a 2.2L turbo-diesel 4-cylinder generating 194 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. I want.
Meanwhile, the Kia Cadenza – already discussed on GoodCarBadCar.net – will replace the horrific Kia Amanti. Ridding us of the Amanti makes the Cadenza very, very important. Lexus’s new GX460 uses a smaller V8 than the old GX470, providing owners with improved fuel efficiency to the tune of 13%. At the same time, the new 4.6L V8 produces greater horsepower and torque than the old 4.7L. She ain’t the prettiest SUV available today, but there’s no denying a Lexus GX treats its owners like royalty.