Hyundai teases new-generation Santa Fe

All-new SUV displays sleek, simple silhouette with bold muscular cues

Published: January 30, 2018, 8:15 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:04 PM

Fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai is ramping up promotion of the fourth generation Santa Fe, as it readies the mid-sized sport utility for its February unveiling.

The first image released showed a silhouette of the all-new SUV, highlighting the upper body. It showed a high beltline below a chrome-ringed greenhouse, a character line between the windows and the door handles (which appear to retain the design of the current generation), and flared wheel wells.

Sketches of the front and rear released later filled in some of the details — a new take on the large hexagonal grille (now with a cascading motif), with separate lights for turn indication, daytime running and low-light use, stacked on either side of the grilles to full front fascia height. The rear features low profile, wraparound taillights and dual tailpipes below a large bumper.

As expected from a rendering, the lights are presented much narrower and the wheels larger than on the silhouette image. But, it does show a deeply scalloped lower body, accentuated with cladding below the doors that combine to accentuate muscularity.

Hyundai did offer up that the new-gen Santa Fe will be rich in safety features, including an industry-first rear-occupant alert, meant to prevent busy parents from forgetting infants in the rear seats when leaving the car. The rear cross-traffic warning will also add automated braking, to prevent rear crashes when backing up out of a parking spot.

The vehicle will have its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in early March.