Hyundai is currently testing the next-generation Santa Fe on public roads, and it looks very different from the previous model based on the prototype caught on video. The prototype was very stealthy, so extracting the details from the design was challenging.
To help our imagination, our friends from College has issued an unofficial rendering based on the prototype we’ve seen before. The renderings below attempt to depict the front and back ends of the next-generation Santa Fe, and we can’t help but notice a major design change – if these renderings are true.
Right off the bat, the boxy shape of the imagined version deviates greatly from the curves of the current model. It stands out on the spy prototype, along with the dark roof section. Meanwhile, the H-patter headlights are nothing new for Hyundai as the manufacturer has placed those details on other cars, as seen in the taillights of the Stargazer – MPV sold in Indonesia and the Philippines.
The back of the Kolesa rendering seems to have adopted design details from the Hyundai Staria. I’m talking about the vertical taillights that run from the roof to the bottom bumper.
Although not visible in the rendering, we got a peek at the interior of the next Santa Fe before. Not much is revealed, except for the white leather seats and chairs that fold flat on the floor.
Given the heavy concealment on the prototype seen earlier, we don’t expect the launch of the next generation Santa Fe to happen anytime soon. However, we can conclude that the fifth generation model could debut in the second half of next year for the 2024 model year based on the historical timeline.