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by Tim Beissmann

The first official images of the new Hyundai Santa Fe have debuted on the Korean manufacturer’s Twitter page ahead of its premiere at next month’s New York motor show and its Australian launch later this year.

The sketches reveal a significant exterior design overhaul for the third-generation Santa Fe, which is among the last Hyundai vehicles globally to trade round, curvy styling for the sharper ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language.

Hyundai calls says the Santa Fe’s fresh take on the styling philosophy “Storm Edge”, defined by the bold hexagonal grille, sharper headlights and taillights, wider bumpers and an aggressively angled rear window line. The result is a more purposeful looking large SUV with added urban appeal that looks at home at the top of Hyundai’s range.

The sketches support spy images we published in January that revealed the Santa Fe’s refreshed front and rear styling.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe will be revealed for the first time at New York, and is expected to roll out across global showrooms throughout the second half of 2012.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the new seven-seater will go on sale locally before the end of the year, with specific timing to be finalised over the coming months. Reports from the UK say that market will first see the new model around November.

Hyundai is keeping quiet on powertrain details at this stage. We expect four-cylinder petrol and diesel models to be offered globally underneath a larger V6 petrol.




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