HYUNDAI in the UK is launching a limited edition of 500 special SUVs named the Sante Fe Endurance Edition.
It sits at the top of Hyundai's range, and celebrates a recent history-making drive by Patrick Bergel, the great-grandson of legendary polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Last December, Bergel completed a 30-day expedition in a near-standard 2.2-litre diesel Santa Fe, driving across Antarctica from Union Camp to McMurdo Sound and back again, commemorating the centenary of Shackleton's heroic Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16.
This was the first time a passenger vehicle had ever traversed the Antarctic continent and the 2.2-litre Santa Fe used by Bergel featured only a handful of modifications to counter the tough Antarctic conditions, such as the fitment of large, low-pressure tyres, a 250-litre fuel tank and a pre-heater for the cold.
Each car is based on the 2.2 diesel seven seat 4WD automatic Sante Fe in premium SE trim with convenience pack, which also includes electric tailgate, panoramic sun roof, autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise control and around view monitor.
Endurance editions are further marked out by 19-inch alloy wheels and 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 logo commemorates Shackleton's Endurance expedition and features the Shackleton family motto and a 28-point compass representing the 28 crew that survived.
It will cost £38,995 and can be ordered from May 18.
Tony Whitehorn, president and chief executive of Hyundai UK, said: "This new Endurance edition offers customers an incredibly well-equipped Santa Fe, one that will be able to tackle everything family life throws at it, and more.
"As Sir Ernest Shackleton's great-grandson, Patrick Bergel proved just a few months ago, with just a few choice modifications, you could even traverse Antarctica."