The Korean automaker will reveal the new crossover in February. And with this teaser image, it’s giving us a glimpse of what’s to come.
The Santa Fe first launched in 2001 to catapult Hyundai onto the sport-ute market. The second-generation model arrived in 2007, followed by the current third-gen model in 2013. Now nearly six years since its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show – and with the smaller Tucson and Kona having since arrived on the scene – the time looks about right for the Santa Fe to get some love.
The automaker isn’t telling us much about the new model at this early stage, except to say that it’ll encompass all the latest safety features it can muster – including a rear cross-traffic collision warning system with automated braking and a rear occupant monitor to let the driver know if there’s anyone on board – touted as an industry first.
As dark and shady as it is, we can already glean from this image that the new crossover will share design cues with other recently launched Hyundais like the aforementioned Kona, the latest Sonata, and the new Veloster just revealed. Judging by the distance between the wheels and the shape of the rearmost side windows, we’d posit that we’re looking at the successor to the current three-row, long-wheelbase model, and not the five-seat/short-wheelbase Santa Fe Sport. But Hyundai could yet change up its strategy with the new model.