Hyundai appears to be preparing a radical redesign for the Santa Fe, as evidenced by a prototype recently spotted in the wild.
The Santa Fe is Hyundai’s oldest SUV nameplate and the current fourth-generation model is a bestseller for the brand, with almost 120,000 sold in the US alone in 2022.
The prototype indicates a much more angular design for the new generation of the five-seater mid-size SUV, which we expect to launch later this year as the 2024 model.
The new Santa Fe is expected to be a major update to the outgoing model rather than a major redesign. This is because Hyundai switched the outgoing model to a new platform midway through its lifecycle.
That was in 2020 when Kia, another Hyundai Motor Group brand, launched a restyled version of the related Sorento on the new platform. Kia is currently testing prototypes for an updated Sorento, which is expected to launch alongside the new Santa Fe, also as a 2024 model.
It’s not clear what’s planned for the powertrains, but most options from the outgoing model should be carried over, perhaps with tweaks to performance or efficiency, or both. That means a choice of turbocharged or naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engines, also in hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations.