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The new Hyundai Santa Fe has been spotted for the first time during testing prior to its expected release in late 2012 or early 2013.

As the last model in the Hyundai lineup not to have had a major update since the company began its new design philosophy with the i30, the new Santa Fe is expected to do big things for the South Korean brand.

Sources have suggested the new SUV may even have a name change in line with the company’s naming convention for European markets. It’s likely that the next generation will be called Hyundai ix45.

The shape of the current model has been on sale in Australia since 2006, with a major mechanical and engine update taking place in late 2009.

From the photos we can speculate that the upcoming Hyundai SUV may get a great deal of design influences from the recently revealed Hyundai i40 Wagon. If that’s true, it will make the new iX45, or Santa Fe look much more dynamic.

We expect that Hyundai Australia will continue with an improvement on its current lineup of petrol and diesel engines for the new model.

Read: Hyundai Santa Fe Review.




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