Inside and out, the SUV seems to be all-new.
[Update] Hyundai South Korea has released a teaser video (attached at the end) showing more of the Santa Fe's skin and also announcing a full reveal is programmed for February 21.
[Update 2] Three additional short videos have been added, at the end.
[Update 3] Fully revealing images have been published.
After a lengthy teaser campaign and a plethora of spy shots, the fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is finally out in fully revealing press images released today. Looking basically nothing like its predecessor, the SUV adopts a bold exterior with an interesting front fascia featuring slim upper lights in the same vein as those of the eccentric Kona and the more recent Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell crossover.
The company’s new corporate “cascading grille” first applied on the i30 dominates the Santa Fe’s front and is flanked by a secondary set of squarer lights lending the SUV a special look that makes it stand out in this hugely competitive segment. We only have this exterior image to go by at the moment of writing, but at least we do get to see the prominent upper character line that runs from front to rear, while the squared-off wheel arches give the side profile a rugged appearance. As for the rear end, the official design sketch posted in January should suffice for the time being:
Once you virtually hop inside the cabin, you’ll notice it has been redesigned from the ground up compared to the outgoing Santa Fe. The center console has a few things in common with the aforementioned Kona, with the infotainment system sticking out on the upper side of the center console so that the driver won’t have to take his eyes off the road ahead. We can’t quite see the instrument cluster in full, but it seems (at least) the screen in the middle is entirely digital. A longer wheelbase is being promised, so that should translate into more legroom for rear passengers.
Using the handy Google Translate tool to decipher the press release published by Hyundai South Korea, we are able to learn the KDM-spec model will be offered with 2.0- and 2.2-liter turbodiesel engines joined by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit. Regardless of engine choice, an eight-speed automatic transmission channels power to both axles.
On the safety side, the revamped midsize SUV boasts everything from forward collision warning and lane departure warning to frontal collision avoidance and high-beam assist. It also has Safe Exist Assist to warn the passenger if he is about to open a door in the path of a nearby car. Besides issuing a warning, it will automatically lock that door to avoid an accident. The all-new Santa Fe will also have a feature called Rear Occupant Alert to remind the driver – who’s about to get out of the car – that there’s someone sitting in the back.
We will get to see the new Hyundai Santa Fe in the metal at the New York Auto Show towards the end of next month.
Source: Hyundai South Korea
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe teaser
Hyundai Motor reveals first images of the Santa Fe
- The New Generation Santa Fe is an elegant SUV with class-leading roominess.
- Hyundai Motor’s D-SUV connects with the new SUV family appearance and features an expressive and powerful front.
- Innovative safety features underline Hyundai Motor’s approach to making advanced technology more accessible.
- Hyundai Motor unveils its first images of the New Generation Santa Fe which will celebrate its world premiere in February 2018.
The company’s largest passenger car, it represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its global success story. The fourth generation Santa Fe is a powerful, premium-designed SUV with class-leading roominess.
The Santa Fe displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the Cascading Grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity. The exterior design is characterised by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. It features refined lines that reinforce the car’s status at the top of Hyundai’s SUV line-up. The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility.
Its exterior dimensions make the New Generation Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 4,770 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for its passengers.
Hyundai truly cares about the customer’s well-being and offers best-in-class safety features. As part of its SmartSense technology, the Santa Fe offers a comprehensive package of Hyundai’s latest active safety features, making advanced technology affordable. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically. The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors, so that passengers will exit the car safely.
Further details of New Generation Santa Fe will be disclosed at the world premiere before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.