Hyundai has revealed the first official images of its new Santa Fe crossover that will be publicly unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The Korean manufacturer claims the new SUV boasts class-leading cabin space, and says the fourth generation of its largest SUV has moved upmarket, too.

The front of the new model is dominated by twin headlights as well as the imposing chrome grille, which will make up the identity of future SUVs from the South Korean manufacturer.

On the inside, the central touchscreen is the main feature, while leather appears prominently in the only picture we’ve seen of the interior so far.

Santa Fe interior

It is bigger than the last one, too, with a length of 4,770mm and a width of 1,890mm – growing 70mm in length and 10mm in width.

Safety is also one of the new Santa Fe’s key features. Rear cross-traffic-collision avoidance technology – which warns the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing out of spaces with low visibility and can brake the car, too – is a first for Hyundai. It also has Safety Exit Assist fitted which will lock the doors temporarily if passengers are opening doors into traffic when a vehicle is approaching from behind.

The smaller Tuscon crossover is currently Hyundai’s best-selling car in the UK, so it is easy to see why the firm is putting so much focus on its largest SUV. The Kona crossover – a rival to the Nissan Juke – also hit the market towards the end of last year.

Further details about the Santa Fe will be revealed at its full unveiling later this month, before it makes its public debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Ted Welford


February 7, 2018