MARKHAM, Ontario – Hyundai released a rendering showing the upcoming redesign of its mid-size Santa Fe crossover ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show in April.
Hyundai likes to use fancy phrases like “Fluidic Sculpture” and “Storm Edge,” but let’s forgive them that and look at the pictures. The new grille further defines the hexagonal shape we’ve seen on the latest Genesis Coupe and Veloster Turbo, but adds sculpted cross bars that twist to play with the light and highlight the stylized H logo.
Hyundai has further tightened up the somewhat soft lines of the current Santa Fe with seemingly angry headlights and more sharply creased body panels, window outlines and detailing.
According to Hyundai, “These new styling cues are intended to channel the strong, dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. Sophisticated lines, working in harmony with bold surfaces, give the third-generation Santa Fe a more classic and aggressive look than its predecessor.”
Significantly, Hyundai has indicated that this sleek and futuristic styling direction will be followed predominantly by its SUVs, diverging from the more elegant wind-tunnel sculpting of their cars.
Of course, the next-generation Santa Fe will offer the requisite advanced technologies, improved fuel economy, and the kind of practicality expected in the SUV segment.