Hyundai reveals new generation Santa Fe with design overhaul

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

The 2020 Santa Fe features a new design and platform with a plug-in hybrid engine option. Hyundai has revamped the Santa Fe for the international markets with aesthetic and technical upgrades both on the exterior as well as the interior. The SUV showcases fresh features and a new, bold design language to enhance the car’s premium appeal. No official announcement has been made by the company regarding the plans to launch the model in India, after it was dropped from the Indian line-up amid poor demand and falling sales.

Based on Hyundai’s third-generation architecture, the 2020 Santa Fe features a new platform that the brand claims will offer “improved performance, efficiency and safety”. It benefits from a lower centre of gravity with heavier components located lower in the chassis, and improved stability due to better heat movement through the engine bay and hence heat dissipation.

The Exterior: What it looks like

On the exterior, the 2020 Santa Fe features a wide grille that extends across the entire width of the vehicle, with a 3-D mesh pattern and flanked by a pair distinct looking of T-shaped DRLs on either side. Increased width on wheel arches highlight the SUV’s rugged and powerful character, which is emphasised by 20-inch wheels. The redesigned taillights are connected across the rear hatch by a slim illuminated bar that complements the horizontal design theme on the front and sides of the vehicle and seems visually unbroken. Skid plates on the front and the rear bumper give a sportier look to the SUV and contrastingly, the Santa Fe features a bagged, low-boy stance.

SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and head of Global Design Center said, "The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want. Besides, we’ve added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive."

The Interior: What it Feels like

Inside, the new platform is expected to allow for enhanced comfort and convenience over the outgoing car, with a focus on premium materials throughout. In booming the era of screens, the Santa Fe now gets a bigger 10.25 touchscreen infotainment system as standard complete with in-car entertainment and connectivity features, substituting the puny 7-inch unit. The dashboard has been redesigned to incorporate the new floating centre console, with all the controls intuitively directed towards the driver. The conventional gear selector knob is gone, making way for the shift-by-wire system gear shift buttons ergonomically placed on the centre console. For the first time, the Santa Fe SUV will come with a Terrain Mode selector to switch between different drive modes such as sand, snow and mud, as well as eco, sport, comfort and smart modes.

Under the Hood

The 2020 Santa Fe will be available with hybrid powertrains paired with either a petrol or diesel engine. It will also be available as plug-in hybrid for the first time, though the company did not reveal any technical specifications at this time.

India launch of the new 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe remains uninformed. Hyundai has been perceived to planning to launch the brand’s full-size SUV, Palisade, in the Indian markets as well as the Tucson facelift soon instead.