Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Hyundai Santa Fe teased in new drawings

Hyundai Santa Fe teased in new drawings

Based on the sketches, the fourth-gen Santa Fe looks to have undergone significant style-based changes with the front taking inspiration from the Kona, a new mesh design for the grille, new LED daytime running lights and a skid plate below the front bumper. The front headlights appear slimmer and integrate with the grille, while a chunky front bumper and LED foglamps give a more striking front end than today's model.

Prior to the official teaser images, our spy photographers snapped pictures of a prototype Santa Fe, revealing how the design sketches will translate in the real world. That may result in the smaller model getting a new name along with a more distinctive design.

Hyundai Motor Co., playing catch-up in the booming USA crossover market, is banking on a bigger, more modern redesign of the Santa Fe to lift its fortunes in the important segment.

Now, ahead of a reveal in February and a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Hyundai has delivered a couple of renders of the new Santa Fe which, assuming much of what's on show is accurate, previews a much sleeker and rounded SUV. Furthermore, as these are design sketches, expect the final production model SUV to be more toned down.

There's no information on the new Santa Fe's powertrains, but we do know the new SUV will introduce a Rear Occupant Alert System that will tell the driver that there are passengers left in the auto - it will come in handy for those parents that forget their kids in the vehicle. Expect full details on Hyundai's large SUV soon.

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