Hot on the heels of the latest-generation Hyundai Santa Fe premiering, the South Korean automaker is progressing with the development of its upcoming full-size SUV.
As these spy shots reveal, the exterior design of the new SUV will bear a striking resemblance to the new Santa Fe. Consequently, the front will adopt a prominent grille and a pair of thin headlights, also similar to those that debuted on the much-smaller Hyundai Kona.
Due to the presence of eight seats, some serious changes have been implemented to the vehicle’s roofline and its rear end. As such, there are a pair of much larger third-row side windows and a more upright tailgate, helping to drastically increase cabin space over smaller SUVs in Hyundai’s range.
When discussing the SUV in mid-2017, Hyundai president and chief executive Wonhee Lee revealed that the vehicle will utilize a bespoke platform and hit the market in mid-2019. A launch in the U.S. is a given and there’s a strong possibility that the SUV could also land in Europe at a later date.
Due to Hyundai’s commitment to electrification, which includes having 14 green cars in its range by 2020, it is likely that the large SUV will receive at least a couple electrified powertrains at some stage.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only all-new SUV in Hyundai’s plans. The carmaker is also developing an A-segment SUV which will slot below the Kona.