Hyundai has released details of its forthcoming Santa Fe 4×4 replacement. The third generation Hyundai crossover evolves the current car’s design language and offers improved efficiency and practicality.
The latest Santa Fe takes Hyundai’s current Fluidic Sculpture styling and incorporates the firm’s new Storm Edge design cues to create a chunky-looking, robust and ruggedly attractive off-roader.
The trademark hexagonal-shaped grille and large teardrop headlights retain the Hyundai Santa Fe’s family image, while 19-inch alloy wheels, a wider stance and a lower roofline give a purposeful look.
Despite the new vehicles aesthetics, practicality remains paramount. Front- and second-row legroom has been increased over the car it’s set to replace, while a large panoramic glass roof lets light flood into the cabin. The vehicle also retains the option of a third row of seats, giving seven-seat capability.
Boot space is up too – the new Santa Fe boasts a best-in-class 534 litres of luggage capacity with the front five seats in place.
The new crossover concept offers generous ground clearance for those who might want to explore the capabilities of the optional four-wheel drive system and venture off-road, while cleverly designed doors that cover the sills ensure no dirt or mud is transferred to the passengers clothing or the cars interior on entry.
Comfort and equipment levels are set to be strong – the new Hyundai Santa Fe features a reversing camera displaying its image on a seven-inch colour touchscreen, helping manoeuvrability.
Three engine options will be available in the UK, including a 150bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel emitting just 155g/km CO2 emissions, meaning road tax of £170.
A larger, more powerful 200bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel will top the range, with just 145g/km CO2 emissions (among the best in class) equating to road tax of £135. There will be a petrol engine alternative too – a 193bhp 2.4-litre unit.
Hyundai is yet to release any official performance or economy figures, but with the Korean firm’s strong engine line-up in its other vehicles – such as the current ix35 crossover – the Santa Fe will certainly strike an appealing balance between performance and running costs.
Full pricing and specification for the new Santa Fe is yet to be released. Expect more information from T W White & Sons Hyundai in Weybridge, Surrey closer to the car’s launch later this year.