2023 Hyundai Santa Fe has become more elegant than the outgoing model courtesy of a brand new design language
The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe has broken covers and as expected, it is a radical departure compared to the outgoing model. The biggest update in five years for the premium SUV comes as part of Hyundai rethinking its design language once again but making it more elegant this time. The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe gets prominent body panels and square-ish proportions with clean lines – the philosophy you would not normally associate a Hyundai with.
It is certainly more purposeful and off-road friendly by the looks of it taking inspiration from the Land Rover range. The front fascia comprises H-shaped LED headlamps, which you could see in the recently launched Exter in India, connected by a horizontal LED light bar placed over octagonal grille inserts that can also be found in the lower bumper, a peculiar bumper trim, etc.
Other exterior highlights are flared wheel arch cladding, multi-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, tall pillars, sturdy roof rails, flat roofline, an upright tailgate, rather awkward positioning for the H-shaped LED tail lamps and dual exhaust pipes. The fifth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has a long wheelbase while the second and third rows are fully foldable as you could see in the image.
The interior space is claimed to be best-in-class and the overall cabin theme enables a more luxurious feel. Hyundai has not revealed the technical specifications and features list of the all-new Santa Fe yet. But the images show the existence of wooden finishes, embroidered seats, a wide centre console, large horizontal AC vents, and a curved display integrating a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument console.
As for the performance, a 2.5L four-cylinder engine developing a maximum power output of 277 hp will be utilised as in the outgoing model. A strong hybrid and a plug-in hybrid variant will also be available. The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe will be revealed next month on the brand’s social media. The Santa Fe was previously sold in India but the chances of the new-gen reaching here are slim to none.
Next up, Hyundai will introduce the facelifted Creta in India in early 2024 and will also boast H-shaped lighting graphics judging by the spy shots.