After being spotted by our eagle-eyed spies on several occassions (the latest back in August 2017), Hyundai has officially given us a glimpse of the next-generation Santa Fe.
Based on the silhouette, the fourth-generation model will have a sleeker, more modern look. As suspected, the new Santa Fe will get a Kona-inspired front fascia as it will likely have tapered headlights. Also present are what appear to be thicker wheel arches, a more kinked-up roofline and a set of redesigned taillights.
We have yet to see its front fascia in full but based on previous spy photos, the all-new Santa Fe will come with Hyundai's now-familiar 'Cascading Grill'. Also a possibility on the fourth-gen Santa Fe are new front and rear quarter panels, and revised rear fascia to coincide with the brand's current design direction.
Aside from the five-seater version, a seven-seater variant (called the Grand Santa Fe) will also be revealed although there is no word yet if it will have a different design altogether. Apparently, customers of the third-generation model had a hard time differentiating the five-seater and seven-seater. Supposedly, Hyundai plans to change that by slightly altering the rear fascias of the standard Santa Fe and Grand Santa Fe.
An array of new safety features will also be made available on the fourth-gen Santa Fe; namely Rear Occupant Alert System and an upgraded rear-cross traffic alert system. The former monitors the rear seats for any passengers and will alert the driver when they are about to leave the car without them. Meanwhile, the latter now benefits from an automated braking function to stop the car in case something is on their path while reversing.
Powertrain details of the new Santa Fe remain a mystery although we might expect a turbo-diesel mill as well as a turbo-gasoline. A hybrid version may also be available as most automakers are pushing for electrification on their existing and upcoming models. Front-wheel drive will likely come as standard as four-wheel drive can be specified as extra.
Hyundai will reveal the all-new Santa Fe at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.