Earlier this week, Hyundai released a lone teaser photo of the upcoming fourth-generation Santa Fe ahead of its debut in Geneva. The darkened photo only showed us a side profile view with a prominent character line running from the headlights to the taillights. Now, the Korean automaker has released design sketches of the SUV, giving us an early preview of what the new Santa Fe would look like.
On first glance, it appears that the Santa Fe has undergone a massive redesign. The front appears to take inspiration from the Kona, especially with the two-tier headlight design. The grill is now more sculpted and shows a new mesh design. It is then flanked by strips of LED daytime running lights, with the headlights positioned just below. There also appears to be a skid plate positioned just below the bumper.
Apart from the character line, the sketches show that the Santa Fe side profile will have flared fenders. At the back, there are slim LED taillights, which wrap to the side of the Santa Fe similar to the earlier photo. Another form of skid plate appears to be attached to the rear. Unfortunately, there is no preview of the Santa Fe's interior.
Despite the new photos, Hyundai did not reveal any more details about the new Santa Fe. Furthermore, as these are design sketches, expect the final production model SUV to be more toned down.
Do expect either a turbo-diesel or a turbo-gasoline engine option to be offered. What is confirmed is the new Rear Occupant Alert System and an upgraded rear-cross traffic alert system.
Hyundai will be revealing the all-new Santa Fe at the upcoming 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Expect full details on Hyundai's large SUV soon.