Well, that didn't take too long.

Hyundai hasn’t even properly revealed the fourth-generation Santa Fe – you’ll have to wait until February 21 - and yet already someone has decided to imagine a performance version of the overhauled seven-seat SUV. The South Korean marque is just getting started with its go-faster N models by kicking things off with the i30 N that was followed shortly by the Veloster N. Recent spy shots have shown the more stylish i30 Fastback will also get the full-on N treatment, but will there ever be an N-branded SUV?

The answer would have to be yes as N division boss Albert Biermann revealed back in October last year there are plans for N versions of the Kona and the Tucson. That being said, these are not a priority at the moment, which means the hotter derivatives are unlikely to come out in the foreseeable future. As for a Santa Fe N, it’s too soon to say whether it will get the proverbial green light, but we wouldn’t hold our breath since Hyundai has bigger fish to fry.

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Even if it won’t get the stamp of approval, it’s interesting to see how the revamped midsize SUV would look in the full N attire, with a slightly more aggressive body finished in the now familiar Performance Blue with contrasting red accents. Bigger wheels, enlarged brakes, and a lowered ride height have all been neatly integrated into this speculative render showing what probably won’t ever happen.

Should Hyundai surprise us and come out with a Santa Fe N, it will certainly need more than the 275 horsepower available in the current N models taking into account the SUV is going to be much heavier than the hatchbacks. It is believed the engineers are working on a new Theta III gasoline engine that will produce as much as 350 hp, so that would be a suitable candidate to propel the amped-up Santa Fe.

On a related note, Hyundai South Korea has released a teaser video previewing the Safe Exist Assist system of the new Santa Fe:

Render: X-Tomi Design

Gallery: Hyundai Santa Fe N render