All-new SUV teased ahead of mid-2018 launch
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The next-generation 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has been teased in designer sketches this week, ahead of a market launch mid-year.

While the final version will be toned-down compared to these drawings, it appears Hyundai is looking to push the Santa Fe further upmarket with a striking and luxurious-looking design.

Up front is a version of the company's 'cascading' grille, flanked by the two-tier headlight design that will become a mainstay in Hyundai's SUV range – first seen on the smaller Kona.

The upper tier features LED daytime-running lights, while the lower tier incorporates the main headlight cluster. Hyundai says this design creates a "unique, futuristic look".

Meanwhile, the sides and rear give a more athletic stance, with a roofline that extends into a fastback-like tailgate, slim tail-lights that look like a mix of Lexus and Audi units, and a prominent character line that runs from the headlights to the tail-lights.

The tailgate's various creases and folds wouldn't look out of place on a Skoda Kodiaq, while the chunky rear bumper and contrasting skid plate-look inserts give the Santa Fe a more purposeful aesthetic.

Above: The current-generation Santa Fe

There's no confirmation as to exactly when the new SUV will be officially unveiled, though we'd expect the production model to be revealed either just before or at the Geneva motor show in March, ahead of a market launch around mid-year.

We do know the Santa Fe will grow in size, thanks to its shared underpinnings with the recently-updated Kia Sorento. The V6 petrol engine, however, won't be offered at launch unlike its Kia-badged sibling.

Hyundai Australia also confirmed at the Detroit motor show earlier this month that prices will likely rise with the new model – the current model kicks off at an attractive $40,990 before on-road costs.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to land in Australia mid-2018, and will be followed by a refreshed Tucson later in the year. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage.