Hyundai is poised to release a new generation Hyundai Santa Fe in South Korea next month. Launched in 2013, the current generation Santa Fe represented a major leap in refinement for Hyundai products and established the Santa Fe as a strong contender in the seven-seater SUV segment (a five-seater version is also available in the US).
The all-new Santa Fe is expected to build on the success of its predecessor by introducing several more active safety features. A Rear Occupant Alert, claimed by Hyundai to be an industry-first, it monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car. The feature aims to avoid potentially fatal situations of young children accidently left locked inside a Santa Fe.
The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, which warns you of oncoming vehicles when you are reversing out of a tight spot into a busy street, will now be enhanced by an automated braking function.
From the two sketches released by Hyundai, it appears that Hyundai will be abandoning the current generation Santa Fe’s multi-slat grille in favour of a large, crate box pattern grille. The LED daytime running lights will also be separated from the main headlamp while the rear section retains the Santa Fe’s signature C-pillar.
Hyundai did not reveal any further details on the all-new Santa Fe’s powertrain, but more will be revealed as we get closer to the model’s global debut in Seoul next month. The model is unlikely to go on sale in overseas markets until 2019.