Hyundai Santa Fe to get early facelift; switch to new platform

Hyundai Santa Fe- teaser image

A pair of teaser images previewing the new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe have been published.

While Hyundai regards the new Santa Fe as a "revision" of the current model (and may even retain the existing TM model code), WhichCar has learnt that it will be bigger inside and out, and employs a different platform, suggesting a dramatic redesign.

The most obvious adjustment comes in the form of thoroughly revised split headlights that features a T-shaped LED daytime running light to really differentiate the new Santa Fe from the outgoing model, as well as other vehicles in Hyundai's family of models. The SUV will feature a rugged yet refined exterior design, and an interior design update that provides premium facilities and comfort. Interestingly, despite the relative youth of the current generation model (which has been around since 2018), the 2021 Santa Fe will be using a new platform; it will be the first Hyundai crossover that will be based on the company's new third-generation vehicle architecture. The result is a bold and eye-catching design which further highlight the Santa Fe's more dynamic nature. But what we know is that besides giving the Santa Fe a meaner look, Hyundai will also be introducing new electrified powertrains for the crossover.

The 2021 Santa Fe SUV adopts the design of "recessed lighting", where the headlamps are positioned inside the grille and the lights blend perfectly with the grille when turned off, as quoted by the official statement of Hyundai Global on Tuesday.


No technical information has been revealed with today's single teaser image, but you can bet your last dollar a new Santa Fe platform will designed with electric motors in mind.

In its new form, the Hyundai grille frame extends across the face of the new Santa Fe, tapering at each end to merge with the driving light housings. It allows for the introduction of hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants for the first time.

The new Santa Fe launch dates are not finalised yet.

Local launch timing for Hyundai's updated family SUV is still to be confirmed, but a late 2020 or very early 2021 Australian debut is likely. It's thought the new platform also aligns the Santa Fe more closely with the new-generation Kia Sorento, due later this year.

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