Complete makeover from its predecessor, the next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe is all about flamboyance and practicality.
Hyundai Motors has unveiled the design of its upcoming 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe for the global markets. The premium seven-seater offering from the South Korean automaker now bears bold styling with Hyundai’s third-generation architecture sliding beneath the Santa Fe’s muscular body. The chassis promises to bestow the SUV with enhanced efficiency, performance and safety. It will feature a new plug-in hybrid powertrain system for international markets. As far as India launch is concerned, the carmaker dropped the last generation from its lineup here owing to poor demands. Let’s see if it plans to bring it back in the country.
The New Platform
With the next-gen platform, the Santa Fe is said to have improved in every department. For the lower centre of gravity, the heavy parts have been moved to lower side of the chassis. It gets a new ventilation system for better heat dissipation and improved high-speed stability.
To curb the NVH levels, the insulation system has been rejigged. The alteration to steering arms is also likely to improve Santa Fe’s outright performance.
For the uninitiated, the same platform is already underpinning the Hyundai Sonata sedan in the US.
Although technical specifications of 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe are not yet out, the SUV is sure to feature a hybrid and plug-in hybrid option for the first time in its history. It is expected to borrow the 265hp PHEV motor from its Kia Sorento cousin.
It has gone bold. The next-gen Santa Fe appears to be a vehicle of the future with ‘T’ shaped LED DRLs and larger, prominent grille joining at both the side. Air intakes have gone smaller and vertical. The radiator grille gets 3D mesh setup whereas the lower one is outlined by thick chrome slats.
Move to rear, the reflector strip is flanked by redesigned stop lamps. It gets wider wheel arches and new alloy designs to evoke the upright feel of the SUV.
The Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 gets more technological gizmos along with premium touches. The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit of the existing model is replaced by a bigger, 10.25-inch unit. You get a new shift-by-wire button set up on the floating console.
To add more oomph to the premium Santa Fe, Hyundai has added a new Luxury variant which features body-coloured bumpers and wheel arch trim. New 20-inch bespoke alloy wheels are also offered.
There is no official announcement of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe launch in India as of now. With the inclination of Indian buyers towards premium SUVs, we believe the Korean automaker might think on the lines of launching the same on the Indian soils.