Hyundai reckons it’s the all-new, “radically transformed” fifth generation Santa Fe and it makes its world-wide debut in August on YouTube.
It’s the first full model change for Santa Fe since 2018 and Hyundai has taken an unconventional approach, with what it describes as “lifestyle-based design typology” to maximise rear cargo capacity and better accommodate outdoor and urban activities.
The result is a robust, muscular look, with a spacious, versatile interior that flows from an enlarged tailgate, providing users with a flat load area when required.
Don’t know about you but the thing screams Land Rover to us, with its chunky look and interior layout, tones and finishes.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The design does however make it look as though it has been rear-ended in some photos.
Hyundai’s Head of Hyundai Global Design, SangYup Lee, said all-new Santa Fe finds a perfect balance between city life and the great outdoors, with the ability to handle everything from busy family itineraries to car camping adventures.
“With its longer wheelbase, roomy interior and terrace-like tailgate space, the new Santa Fe leans into its SUV strengths to offer more versatility than ever before as well as a premium customer experience,” he said.
The all-new model’s boxy shape and distinctive silhouette are derived from its long wheelbase and wide tailgate area.
The front of the vehicle creates a sense of grandeur with its high hood, H-shaped headlights and bold, sharp fenders.
H-shaped headlights echo the H-motif lower front design, reinterpreting the Hyundai’s ‘H’ badge.
A bold roofline, sharp wheel arches, chunky flared fenders, shortened front overhang and 21-inch wheels add to the look.
Defined by its larger tailgate, the rear end is simpler, balancing the overall exterior design.
H-shaped tail lights mirror the front lights to create a distinctive presence on the road, day or night.
Fully foldable second- and third-row seats provide class-leading interior space.
The refined interior contrasts with the strong exterior.
The interior design emphasises horizontal and vertical lines, with an H-motif design applied to the dashboard and air vents.
Hi-tech features include a Panoramic Curved Display and dual wireless charging.
The curved display connects the 12.3-inch digital cluster and infotainment system and enhances driver visibility while delivering a sense of luxury.