The upcoming next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seat SUV has been spied for the primary time with none heavy camouflage forward of its reveal later this 12 months.
It’s anticipated to reach in Australia throughout 2024.
These newest spy pictures, revealed by Korean web site Autospy, present the Santa Fe on the again of a automobile provider truck with minimal black-and-white camouflage that higher reveals its Land Rover Defender-like silhouette.
The D-pillar of this spied prototype seems to sit down virtually upright, in contrast to the slanted pillar of the bigger Palisade, giving the Santa Fe a good bluffer look than the flagship SUV.
It’s anticipated the tailgate will likely be notably upright as effectively, although the rear can’t be seen on this explicit set of spy pictures.
A beforehand spied Santa Fe prototype have proven there will likely be a brand new LED mild signature with a outstanding ‘H’ motif we haven’t seen from Hyundai earlier than. It’s a drastic departure from the present mannequin and its twin-headlight design.
One other spied prototype revealed the next-generation Santa Fe can have an inside that follows the identical design language because the Ioniq 6, in addition to the just lately revealed Sonata and Kona updates.
It’s unclear if the modifications beneath the pores and skin of the brand new Santa Fe will likely be fairly as dramatic as its new look.
The Santa Fe moved to a brand new platform shared with the Kia Sorento in 2021, giving it entry to hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. Solely the hybrid has ended up coming to Australia.
Each electrified Santa Fe fashions makes use of a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine paired with an electrical motor, lithium-ion battery and a six-speed automated transmission. These powertrains are shared with the Kia Sorento hybrid and PHEV.
The non-electrified Santa Fe vary is presently accessible in Australia with a alternative of two.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder and three.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 engines. The latter has been largely phased out outdoors our market.
Markets like Korea and North America get a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in lieu of the V6, whereas a naturally aspirated model can be provided in some markets.
Hyundai performed it extraordinarily protected with the present Santa Fe’s styling, which regardless of the brand new platform appears virtually an identical to the earlier technology.
Likewise, the primary 4 generations – though extra distinguished from one another – represented a transparent design evolution.
However with the Santa Fe dropping floor in Australia and Korea to its pricer Palisade stablemate and its Kia Sorento company cousin, Hyundai’s designers seem to have been given the go-ahead to pen a extra radical design.