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Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design TransformationHyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

The South Korean automotive giant reveals the 5th generation of their mid-sized SUV, showcasing a completely fresh appearance after a span of 5 years.

Say farewell to the fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe because the South Korean automaker seems to have erased it from memory while crafting the fifth-generation Santa. With only the nameplate in common, this all-new three-row SUV is a departure from its predecessor in numerous ways.

Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation
Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

Hyundai Motor took an unconventional approach for the Santa Fe’s first full model change since 2018, opting for a lifestyle-based design typology that maximizes rear cargo capacity and accommodates outdoor and urban activities, as stated in the company’s official release.

Let’s begin with the most striking aspect: the design. Unlike its curvy predecessor, the latest Hyundai Santa Fe embraces a boxy, straight-edged appearance. If you squint, you might even see a resemblance to the recently launched Exter in India, but magnified.

According to Hyundai, the new body is a result of an increased wheelbase and a wider tailgate area. While precise figures are not yet provided, the outgoing model had a wheelbase of 2,765 mm and an overall length of 4,770 mm. Notable styling elements include flared wheel arches, a sleek windshield, and a gently sloping roof that terminates at an upright tailgate. While the overall shape evokes nostalgia for classic SUVs, modern touches lend the Santa Fe a futuristic appeal.

Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation
Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

These modern features include the ‘H’ pattern integrated into the headlamp’s daytime running lights (similar to the Exter), accompanied by a light bar across the main grille. The grille and lower intake boast a triangular motif, and the front combines black and body-colored trims (a design also found on the sides, reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender).

At the rear, a massive van-like tailgate catches the eye, and the taillights share the ‘H’ light signature found in the DRLs. Below, black trim complements the all-around black body cladding, accompanied by reflectors, reverse lights, and a single exhaust finisher. Badging on the tailgate hints at the Santa Fe’s offering, featuring a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system. Whether the Smartstream G2.5 T-GDI unit from the previous model, coupled with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, carries over is uncertain. The previous engine produced 281 PS (277 hp or 207 kW) and 422 Nm of torque.

Inside, the interior receives a complete overhaul with a minimalist upright dashboard. The Panoramic Curved Display takes center stage, connecting a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an infotainment touchscreen. The angled panel beneath the central air vents (note the ‘H’ motif) houses controls for media playback, climate system, and driving-related functions. The gear selector has been relocated to a stalk on the steering column.

Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation
Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

Hyundai highlights the practical features of the Hyundai Santa Fe’s cabin, including dual wireless phone chargers behind a panel with charging ports, deep cupholders on the center console, a storage area beneath the console, and a shelf above the glovebox. As a three-row SUV, the Santa Fe boasts generous living space for a seamless outdoor lifestyle. With the rear tailgate open, you can experience a terrace-like ambiance, and the fully foldable second- and third-row seats enable a camping setup, as suggested by the press photos.

The interior exudes a sense of spaciousness with its brightly colored seats and headliner, while the wood-patterned trim and Nappa leather-upholstered seats add a touch of style. Sustainable materials are employed, including recycled plastic for the suede headliner, car mats, and second- and third-row seatbacks, and eco-friendly leatherette for the crash pad and door trim covers.

The all-new Santa Fe is set to make its full debut in August, with pricing expected to be announced then. What are your thoughts on the Santa Fe? Do you appreciate its appearance? Share your opinions in the comments below.

 

Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation
Hyundai Santa Fe coming with Wild Design Transformation

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