It looks like yet another head-turning new Hyundai.
Last month, we said that the new Hyundai Santa Fe would be styled a lot differently to the 2021 Kia Sorento, with which it will share a platform and engines. Although we only had heavily camouflaged photographs to go on back then, Hyundai has just released a first glimpse of the Santa Fe, and it certainly looks like it'll have its own identity.
The teaser shot reveals the Santa Fe's much larger new grille, split headlamp design, and aggressive LED DRLs that give the SUV an aggressive and confident face. The vertical LED DRLs appear to sit behind sections of the bodywork, which is a unique and interesting styling cue.
It definitely looks sportier than the new Kia Sorento pictured below, which is an attractive but more conservative crossover. Hyundai says that the grille's geometric pattern "adds a stereoscopic aspect", which ultimately means that the perception of depth is enhanced. Interestingly, the grille's detailing looks pretty similar to the Sorentos, even though the overall shape is different.
The Santa Fe's rear aspect wasn't teased, but previous spy shots showed taillights that don't appear too different from those on the current model. Along with a presumed 2.5-liter turbo-four that should produce around 290 horsepower, the Santa Fe will be available with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The Sorento has a 1.6-liter turbo four-pot mated to an electric motor, and its this powertrain that should power the electrified Santa Fe, too.
The automaker has also promised improved handling and safety, owing to the use of the third-generation Hyundai vehicle platform. We found the current Santa Fe comfortable and refined, but it failed to deliver much engagement due to the lackluster standard engine. The updated Santa Fe should offer a more impressive drive to match its smart appearance.
Hyundai has announced that the new Santa Fe will hit European showrooms in September, but the US launch date is still pending. Expect more information, including pricing, to be revealed imminently.