All-new SUV breaks cover ahead of Geneva debut
Update (7/2/18): Hyundai has officially revealed images of the new Santa Fe with new details about the upcoming SUV. See bottom of article for details.
The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been leaked on a Korean website, ahead of an expected reveal on February 7.
Posted on Daum, an exterior photo shows the all-new SUV with its Kona-inspired face, while an interior snap previews the overhauled cabin.
We don't have images of the rear, unfortunately, but the photos we do have demonstrate the two-tier headlight design set to inspire the wider Hyundai SUV range, lashings of chrome, and new alloy wheels.
The skid plate-like treatment on the front bumper gives the Santa Fe a more purposeful look, while a strong side character line extends from the LED daytime-running light clusters all the way through to the tail-lights.
Inside, the Santa Fe looks very much like an enlarged i30, thanks to its floating infotainment system and minimalistic approach to buttons on the centre stack.
The cabin appears to have more leather-look surfaces on the dashboard and doors, while the instrument binnacle is dominated by a fully-digital speedo – like higher versions of the related Kia Sorento.
Expect wireless smartphone charging to also be available on the new model, along with more USB inputs for mobile-reliant families.
According to Daum's post, the Santa Fe will also debut a new rear cross-collision avoidance system – essentially an autonomous emergency braking function for rear cross-traffic – along with the company's latest infotainment system with remote services compatibility and an array of internet-based navigation and search functions.
The article also reveals a three-tier engine range – a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol. Outputs aren't confirmed at this stage, but a new eight-speed automatic transmission and new rack-driven electric power steering system are said to help achieve "best-in-class fuel economy".
Update: Hyundai's global arm has revealed official images of the new Santa Fe – albeit just higher-resolution versions of the shots we already had.
However, the company has revealed some new details about the next-generation SUV, while also confirming the availability of the new rear cross-traffic assist system
According to the press release, the new Santa Fe will measure 4770mm long and 1890mm wide, while also sporting a "longer wheelbase" – that's 70mm longer and 10mm wider than the current model, though still 30mm shorter than the Kia Sorento.
We'd expect the wheelbase to be somewhere between the 2700mm of the version currently on sale and the Sorento's 2780mm.
Additionally, there's a new Safety Exit Assist function that locks the doors when vehicles approach from behind to stop passengers from opening doors into oncoming traffic.
CarAdvice will also be attending the international launch drive of the new Santa Fe in South Korea later this month, so expect locally-focused coverage and a first drive review in the coming weeks.