After a couple of teasers, Hyundai has officially revealed a few images of its all-new Santa Fe. With this model, Hyundai’s Santa Fe enters its fourth generation. And in doing so it takes Hyundai’s design language up a couple of notches. Its huge front grille is impossible to miss, something that’s being made a trait with the latest from the Hyundai stables. Its sleek LED head lights bring the Kona to mind that pioneered the design recently. A piece of silver trim runs across the top portion of the front end giving it another unmistakeable design element. Typical of Hyundai’s current design language, there is no dearth of sharp cuts and creases on the front bumper. All of which gives the car a rather busy front-end design. The front fog lamps and indicators stacked on either side of the bumper go well with the sleek headlamps above to give it yet another signature design element. All in all, once you see this car from the front, it is going to be tough to not notice it.
The overall stance of the car is typical to soft roaders of today. The car has subtle black plastic cladding running all around the car, like that of the previous model. But at 4,770mm in length and 1,890mm in width, the Santa Fe has grown over the third-generation car by a massive 70mm in length and the increase in width is 10mm. While we await more details of the car, the company has confirmed that this has been done to provide more space and comfort for rear seat passengers.
The interior design of the car appears to a step up too. There is a large infotainment screen that protrudes out of the dashboard, the air vents are sleek and the centre console looks like a busy area with all the HVAC controls and switchgear. But where the real evolution comes is in terms of safety features as the new Santa Fe will come fitted with a Hyundai first Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (useful for reversing out on to crossroads, low visibility areas, etc. Then there is the Safety Exit Assist system that prevents rear passengers from opening doors when there is approaching traffic, while also warning front passengers. Other safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and more.
While details have not been revealed regarding powertrain options for the new Hyundai Santa Fe, the India bound model could be powered by the 2.2-litre, turbo diesel as earlier while we could also get the 2.0-litre oil burner currently doing duty in the Tucson. Internationally, there will be petrol options. It will also have an all-wheel drive powertrain.
Hyundai will fully reveal the car along with details and specifications at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.