Hyundai has teased the fourth-generation of its flagship SUV, the Santa Fe, through sketches released recently. Going by the sketches, the SUV has a sporty stance and seems to borrow design cues from the Kona SUV, which was showcased in 2017.
The vertically-stacked headlamps have been moved down the front fascia and are replaced by slim LED DRLs which are connected to each other via a thick chrome wing structure. Hyundai’s signature cascading grille takes centre stage above a slim air dam. The plastic cladding around the car is significantly thick, making the body look slimmer than it is.
The renderings show that the new Santa Fe will feature a lot of body surfacing with a heavily sculpted bonnet, a prominent shoulder line and deep creases on the doors. The squared-off wheel arches, made more prominent by the cladding and creases which mimic its shape, add a bit of muscle. A smattering of chrome/brushed metal is also used to add a bit of flair to the design. The windowline at the side with a leaf-like design that ends with a kink at the rear is a hark back to the previous-gen Santa Fe though.
The taillamps mimic the slim LED DRLs at the front, but also bear resemblance to the units on the Skoda Kodiaq. The steeply raked wraparound rear windshield, thick lower cladding with the prominent faux skid plate finish up the sporty design at the back.
How much of this radically sporty design will make it to the production model remains to be seen, but it can be safely said that many of the elements will be toned down by the time the Santa Fe makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.
Hyundai has not revealed any renderings of the interior of the car. However, spy shots of the car give us a glimpse of the new SUVs’ dashboard. Like the exterior, the interior of the Santa Fe borrows heavily from the Kona.