2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Signaling Major Design Departure From Current Model

Hyundai has started testing the next Santa Fe on public roads and as usual, our spies were there to capture the moment.

In fact, Hyundai’s security guards at the company’s German development center even tried to stop our photographers from doing so by pushing and even hitting them but luckily -and with the German police’s intervention- everything was swiftly resolved.

The Korean company plans to give its new generation of SUVs a more distinctive look, with the front end getting a new grille design, similar to that of the 2018 Sonata, and two separate set of headlights, with the upper ones being slim LED units and the regular ones sitting right beneath them.

Despite the heavy camouflage of the 2018 Santa Fe, the new face reveals its fresh arrangement and it’ll certainly be interesting to see how this will work, once the covers are lifted.

The same styling is expected to be found in the upcoming B-segment Kona SUV, which was teased a few weeks ago with a single image.

According to reports, Hyundai will continue offering the Santa Fe into two flavors, normal seven-seater and Sport five-seater, but it will give them different nameplates for better positioning in the market.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to arrive in showrooms in late 2018 as a 2019MY and with a wide range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • WG

    The headlights reminds me of the Mitsubishi Eclipse SUV.

  • Nordschleife

    Didn’t they try the two nameplate thing before. With Santa Fe and the Veracruz?

    • XZKL

      Those are two different models. The one Carscoops is referring to is just the Santa Fe model and its different wheelbase offerings. The third generation long-wheelbase model is named Maxcruz in its home country and named Grand Santa Fe outside.

  • Gerald Michael

    Rest assured, the end result will look like pretty much every other vehicle in its segment.

  • Harry_Wild

    Side view looks like all the same as the Highlander, Pilot, new Enclave! Not for me. Like the boxy design look. Dream car is the G Wagon!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    We’ll see.