All-New Hyundai Santa Fe Has A World-First Safety Feature


Hyundai has teased the all-new Santa Fe with styling cues taken from the quirky Kona crossover.

Hyundai had a strong showing at this year’s Detroit Auto Show with the reveal of the 2019 Veloster and its N performance hot hatch sibling. At this year’s upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March, the Korean automaker will lift the wraps off an all-new version of one of its best-selling cars in the US: the Santa Fe, which is entering its fourth generation to replace the six-year old outgoing model. You’ll get to see it before then however, as Hyundai has announced its official reveal will happen sometime in February.

Until then, the automaker has given us an early glimpse of how its new crossover will look. Shown for the first time in a teaser image ahead of its reveal, the all-new Sante Fe will share design cues from other Hyundai models like the recently launched Kona, the latest Sonata, and the new Veloster including slender Kona-esque headlights. It also features modified bumpers, LED lights and large fog lamps while bold wheel arches and a roof spoiler give it presence. While the front isn’t shown, it’s probably safe to assume the fourth-generation Santa Fe will bear a more prominent version of the brand’s signature cascading grille.

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Hyundai is also promising the new Santa Fe will feature a safety feature it’s touting as an industry-first: a Rear Occupant Alert will monitor the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when they leave the car. The stylish SUV will also be equipped with a raft of other new safety tech including an enhanced Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning that warns the driver and automatically applies the brakes, thus reducing the risk of accidents when reversing in narrow areas with limited visibility.