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Automatic transmission models were given a chrome shift gate surround as opposed to the matte silver plastic style used in the 20 models.A Monsoon high-performance sound system came standard on the mid-level GLS model and came with a 6-disc CD changer on the top-tier LX.The instrument cluster was redesigned with the speedometer now reading 140 mph (earlier models only indicated 130 mph) and a better-designed toll ticket slot in the driver's sun visor.Both sun visors also received extensions so the sun could be blocked out better when coming in from the side.The base Santa Fe was discontinued that time, making way for the Tucson.In Australia, all models received body-colored (painted) bumpers from 2005 on.
A 2.0 L Common Rail Turbo Diesel (CRTD) was offered outside the United States.
The Santa Fe was a milestone in the company's restructuring program of the late 1990s because, despite receiving criticism from journalists for its obscure looks, the SUV was a hit with American buyers.
The SUV was so popular that at times, Hyundai had trouble supplying the demand.
In 2003, Hyundai introduced the 3.5-liter V6 in addition to the other two gas engines in North America.
The bigger engine came with a computer-controlled four-wheel drive system.