Hyundai Santa Fe 2024 undergoes a radical design transformation
- Hyundai has unveiled the new 2024 Santa Fe mid-size SUV.
- The new model has a completely different look, with a boxy side profile and headlights and taillights with a radically modern look.
- More details will be revealed next month, and we expect the new Santa Fe to go on sale in the US later this year.
The new 2024 Santa Fe is Hyundai’s latest model with an eye-catching design that will make you do a double take. The midsize crossover trades its squiggly lines for a new, straight-edged, boxy look that’s both a throwback to old-school truck SUVs and a futuristic interpretation of the theme thanks to modern-looking lighting elements at the front and rear.
Hyundai says the new model has a longer wheelbase and that its squarer rear end is intended to prioritize cargo capacity. The roofline barely slopes at all toward the rear, and the tailgate appears to be at about a 90-degree angle. The body-colored trim around the rear window glass is reminiscent of the Land Rover Defender, and the headlights and taillights incorporate an H-pattern in their LED accents. Chunky trim around the wheel arches and a large roof rack underscores the new aggressive, off-road-oriented aesthetic.
While the current Santa Fe is only available in a two-row configuration, Hyundai says it will offer a third row of seats in the new version. Photos show a two-row configuration with the second-row seats folding flat into the floor. The interior looks more upscale than before, and also includes a Land Rover ambience, and will offer Nappa leather, dual 12.3-inch screens, and two wireless charging pads in the center console.
We know that the new model will be offered with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as images show a “2.5T HTRAC” badge that also refers to Hyundai’s all-wheel drive system. The Santa Fe’s current 2.5T powertrain produces 277 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid model is also likely to return to the lineup. We expect the rugged-looking XRT trim level to carry over from the current model as well, perhaps with more serious off-road upgrades than before.
Pricing is sure to rise from the current model’s starting price of $30,085, and upper trim levels will likely approach $50,000. The Santa Fe will likely go on sale in the US later this year, and we’ll learn more details next month when Hyundai unveils this all-new SUV.
Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.