Hyundai just unveiled the design of its new Santa Fe SUV, described as the ultimate family adventure vehicle, which besides ICE, will be offered also as conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.

The latest press release does not reveal any technical details, so let's focus on the look. From the exterior, the front - with a wide grille and integrated T-shaped DRLs - is interesting, but might be considered controversial, so we are looking forward to hearing your opinion. The plug-in hybrid hopefully will get a closed grille.

The first thing that has caught our attention inside is the button-rich appearance of the center-console and the rather small touchscreen (10.25-inch) - quite opposite to the trend of simplification and digitalization in many other models.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

According to the South Korean manufacturer, the redesigned fourth-generation Santa Fe was developed to offer a premium experience and is family-focused.

Hyundai lists several upgrades:

  • a fresh look, emphasizes bold and majestic styling
  • a classy new interior, with more space, comfort and convenience features
  • new paint colors and an array of interior color combinations

Since the Hyundai Santa Fe will be all-wheel-drive, the addition of an electrified plug-in hybrid version sounds like a great move to unleash the full potential of AWD.

On the other hand, we are aware that one of the biggest factors for bringing HEV and PHEV onto the market in Europe is new, tougher emission requirements.

Gallery: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe (ICE/HEV)

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Hyundai Motor Unveils Design of New Santa Fe SUV, the Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle

  • Redesigned SUV emphasizes bold and majestic styling, family-focused features and a classy new interior
  • Makes a unique statement in the SUV segment, combining a rugged stance with distinctive wide grille and integrated T-shaped DRLs. New interior provides a premium experience with more space, comfort and convenience features
  • New paint colors and an array of interior color combinations offer customers plenty of choices

SEOUL, June 2, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled the design of its upcoming New Santa Fe, showcasing charismatic styling and value-added features that make the SUV the ultimate family adventure vehicle.

Developed to offer a premium experience while meeting the complete needs of an entire family, the redesigned fourth-generation Santa Fe goes beyond a mere facelift. A fresh look and feel along with new features can be seen from all sides of the car as well as the interior.

“We modernized the New Santa Fe with premium features and appealing aesthetics that are sure to add value,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and head of Global Design Center. “The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want. Besides, we’ve added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive.”

The New Santa Fe’s front section is defined by the wide grille that extends across the entire width of the vehicle. The clamped shape of the lower air intake harmoniously extends the horizontal line to accentuate the vehicle’s wide and well-balanced stance.

The grille, with its signature geometric patterned inlay, also integrates the headlamps, a signature style found on many Hyundai cars. The eye-catching LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) start at the top of the grille and cut through it to create unique T-shapes at each corner when lit.

Each side section of the New Santa Fe is characterized by a seamless line that connects the DRL to the taillights, giving the car a sensuously sporty look. The increased width on wheel arches accentuate the SUV’s rugged and powerful character, which is also emphasized by 20-inch wheels.

The New Santa Fe’s redesigned taillights are connected across the rear hatch by a slim illuminated bar that complements the horizontal design theme on the front and sides of the vehicle. The theme is once again expressed by the wide rear reflector and skid plate, creating a unique three-layer look.

The New Santa Fe’s redesigned interior now provides more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model. It takes the car to a new level of luxury with every component finished in premium soft-touch materials. The center console sits high, giving the driver and front passenger the feeling of sitting in an armchair.

The buttons are all centered for intuitive and ergonomic use. In the middle of the redesigned center console sits gear shift buttons along with other functions that are used often. The shift-by-wire system allowed the designers to put buttons instead of the conventional shift knob.

For the first time, the new Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector: a control knob located in the center console to conveniently switch between different drive modes, optimising performance and HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) settings for a variety of driving situations. This feature includes unique modes for sand, snow and mud, as well as eco, sport, comfort and smart modes, the last of which automatically recognises the driving style and selects a mode so the driver does not have to.

The new center console’s layout freed up space for more storage in the redesigned lower dashboard. The console also accommodates a new 10.25-inch AVN(audio, video, navigation) touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.

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