The all-new model SUV being launched next week gets a boxy styling, enlarged tailgate, enhanced occupant and cargo room with a serious dose of presence.

By Sony Thomas

Hyundai has unveiled the completely redesigned fifth-generation Santa Fe, showcasing a remarkable metamorphosis that emphasises a commanding and distinctive exterior design. The all-new Santa Fe gets a robust, boxy silhouette, enhanced by its elongated wheelbase and broad tailgate area.

Up front, the new Santa Fe gets a high bonnet, H-shaped headlamps, and bold, angular fenders. The headlights seamlessly integrate with the lower front design, presenting a visually harmonious appearance and reimagining Hyundai’s iconic ‘H’ emblem. When viewed from the side, the lengthened wheelbase blends well with the roofline, while the muscular fenders, pronounced wheel arches, shortened front overhang, and 21-inch wheels, all contribute to the SUV’s rugged aesthetic. The rear design is characterised by the enlarged tailgate, which complements the overall exterior composition with a clean and balanced look. The H-shaped taillights mirror the headlights, establishing coherence and lending the Santa Fe an unmistakable presence on the road, whether it’s day or night.

The refined interior design offers a pleasant contrast with the robust exterior. Horizontal and vertical lines dominate the interior, with an H-motif design implemented in the dashboard and air vents, along with brightly coloured seats and headliners emphasising openness. The soft-touch wood-patterned garnish and Nappa leather seats adorned with intricate embroidery add a touch of sophistication to the cabin. The new design frees up lots more interior space, and the all-new Santa Fe offers abundant room for both occupants and cargo, making it more suitable for an outdoor lifestyle than the previous model. Adding to the class-leading interior space are fully foldable second and third-row seats so that users can enjoy the outdoors effortlessly. The interior also features an array of technologies, including a Panoramic Curved Display and dual wireless charging. The curved display seamlessly integrates a 12.3-inch digital cluster and infotainment system, optimising driver visibility and adding to the overall layout.

In line with Hyundai’s commitment to sustainability, the all-new Santa Fe integrates eco-friendly materials throughout the vehicle. Recycled plastic is used for the headliner, car mats, and second- and third-row seatbacks, while the crash pad and door trim covers are crafted from eco-friendly leatherette.

The new Santa Fe is set to make its world premiere in August, and the event will be streamed on Hyundai’s YouTube channel.

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