Expect the new model to be bigger than the current one.
The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe will allegedly debut in South Korea in February 2018, according to The Korean Car Blog. Unfortunately, the site doesn't cite a source for this premiere date, so we still have to take it with a grain of salt for now.
The timing makes sense, though. Spy shots have revealed the next-gen Santa Fe testing throughout the year. In addition, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowksi said in late 2016 that the company would introduce two SUVs in 2018.
Gallery: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Photos
Hyundai allegedly intends to differentiate the three-row Santa Fe and two-row Santa Fe Sport to a greater degree because customers reportedly confuse them. Part of this would happen by giving the smaller one a new name. In addition, the Santa Fe would grow larger and gain a more rugged appearance.
The latest spy photos show the Santa Fe's front end taking cues from the Kona by using split headlights and a large grille. It looks quite big, too. Inside, the model would gain an updated infotainment system and available head-up display, according to The Korean Car Blog.
If the Santa Fe debuts in South Korea in February, look for a North American premiere soon after. Sales in the United States would then likely begin in the latter half of 2018.
The existing Santa Fe received a refresh for the 2017 model year. It gained a new front end with a restyled grille and updated headlights. Inside, there was a new infotainment system and improved driver safety tech. Depending on the model, buyers could choose between a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter turbo, and a 3.3-liter V6.
Source: The Korean Car Blog