Hyundai has given the first glimpse of its upcoming Santa Fe family SUV in the form of some renderings which shows that the brand is breaking away from its more traditional conservative looks and embracing the kind of quirky styling seen on the new Kona city SUV.
One of the most prominent changes on the Santa Fe is the adoption of dual LED headlights located halfway down the face and a slim, squished set of daytime running lights like the ones on the Kona, but the Santa Fe's DRLs are linked by a chrome bar that runs along the top of the grille.
Speaking of the grille, Hyundai has beefed up its cascading grille design as well as adding a second grille below.
The seven-seat SUV also looks to share the same black cladding as the Kona (shown below) – albeit not as thick - which runs from the bottom of the front bumper over the wheel arches and along the side skirting all the way around to the rear bumper.
While the rear is dominated by new-look tailights, a floating roofline, dual mufflers and a sizeable crease across the middle.
Hyundai has previously revealed that it will offer a comprehensive suite of safety equipment in the new family-hauler. The brand singled out a new rear occupant alert system that monitors back-seat passengers and alerts the driver when vacating the car. The rear-cross traffic alert system will also now include an automated braking function.
Under the hood the Sante Fe isn't expected to deviate too much from its current formula and will most likely be powered by either turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and offer a variety of front- and all-wheel drive layouts depending on specification, while transmission options could include the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic found in the new i30.
The new Santa Fe is expected to be officially revealed in March, 2018, with sales commencing locally by the middle of the year.
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