2024 Hyundai Santa Fe spied with bold new design
Hyundai’s quest to re-establish the Santa Fe as South Korea’s best-selling SUV means a next-generation model is on the way – and with it will come a new look.
The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe could adopt a design language similar to that of the Staria people carrier – and proportions reminiscent of a Land Rover Defender – when the fifth-generation family SUV debuts next year, or in 2024.
In what may be a look similar to the Staria mover, the SUV could use rectangular headlights set into its grille, while a full-width LED strip at the hood’s closing line could serve as the Santa Fe’s daytime running light (DRL). – although it’s unclear whether the H-shaped signatures are DRLs or flags.
The H-shape is also found in the taillights, as can be seen illuminated through the vinyl camouflage.
The next-generation Santa Fe – known internally by its codename “MX5” – is expected to sport all-new sheetmetal, which increases in size to help distinguish the model from its sibling, the Hyundai Tucson.
However, it’s yet to be confirmed just how different it will look underneath – as the current Santa Fe moved to an all-new platform with its 2020 mid-life facelift, which is shared with the latest Kia Sorento.
Overseas rumors indicate that the Santa Fe is being accelerated by the Korean auto giant in order to help reestablish the model as the best-selling SUV in its home country.
An April 2022 report from The Korean Car Blog suggested that the next Santa Fe will also be the first model to adopt the brand’s light badge – although it’s possible this will only be offered on plug-in hybrid models and in certain markets.
As well as a plug-in hybrid, a conventional hybrid option is also expected, although full details are not expected to be known until 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe debuts in the second half of 2023.