First images of Hyundai Santa Fe releasedDetails and pictures of the all-new Hyundai 4x4

13 March 2012

01 Hyundai Santa Fe

The third generation Hyundai Santa Fe 4x4

Hyundai has revealed images and details of its new Santa Fe 4x4.

According to Hyundai, the Santa Fe shows off its latest design language.

Santa Fe design

Dubbed ‘Storm Edge’ styling – an evolution of the current ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design principles – it draws inspiration from the bold and solid-looking surfaces of the I-oniq concept car, unveiled at last week's Geneva Motor Show.

The new Santa Fe is similar in its proportions to the current Hyundai ix35 crossover, but has a much chunkier look than any of the brand’s existing products.

Key features such as the hexagonal front grille and ‘jewel-like’ headlights remain – even if in a newly modified form – retaining a relationship to Hyundai’s current range.

Practicality promised

The Korean manufacturer is quick to point out that the new Santa Fe has been developed with three principles in mind: ‘Refinement, Smartness and Practicality’.

Hyundai products are traditionally known for their strong value for money. But with the latest crop of vehicles and an ambitious product offensive on the way, the firm is keen to prove it is no longer a budget brand.

As such, expect perceived interior quality to be improved over the current vehicle, as well as ride comfort and refinement.

02 Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Santa Fe has a much chunkier look than any of the brand’s existing products

Hyundai Santa Fe engines

Hyundai has so far released few technical details about the new Santa Fe, but we expect the current car’s 194bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine will be carried over.

There will be a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission, mated to the existing Santa Fe’s permanent four-wheel drive system. A front-wheel-drive variant could be offered, though, alongside smaller and more fuel efficient turbodiesels.

There is also a possibility the firm’s 275bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the US-market Genesis coupé will find its way into the Santa Fe. However, such a version is not likely to be popular in Europe.

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe debuts at the New York International Auto Show in early April. Further details will be announced closer to the launch.

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