Where would you expect to find Santa Fe? Why, in the desert, of course! And that's just where this Hyundai prototype was heading to undergo hot-weather testing. But on the way, the engineers apparently needed to take a rest, and our intrepid team of spy photographers found this test mule sitting in the parking lot of a motel.

The result is our first look at the next-generation Korean crossover. Although it's wearing a bra that would make Christina Hendricks blush and more body-cladding than a whole army of medieval knights, what we can tell is that the next-gen Santa Fe adopts some of the same styling cues that have made Hyundai's latest sedans so popular. But don't take our word for it: click through to check out the extensive gallery of spy shots from every angle both day and night for a closer look.


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      Emil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good to see they are apparently getting rid of those ugly tail lights :)
        Emil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Emil
        I meant those chrome tail lights after the 2009 face lift for sure.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Hyundai will offer a crdi engine in the north american market There are no medum priced diesel SUV's so it would sell...especially if it achieved over 30mpg on the highway
        marre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        The current UK model powered with 2.2CRDI(194HP) achieves 50.4MPG on the highway, 32MPG in the city.
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @marre
          sorry marre. I did not see you already did the conversion. 42 us mpg seems a bit optimistic but that would bring many buyers
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. Have they cut the weight for the newest generation?
      Ario
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks promising (i like what head lights look like: rectangular projector)
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't find any Hyundai appealing and I am sure this one will be no different. btw is that a Ford Edge next to it? lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        distefano
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your "hyundai junk" is now snatching your 'beloved' Japanese cars. "New" camry is a real rip-off. You don't have to buy a hyundai. Many others will do.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        At least it is actually built in America, unlike the Canadian Equinox, Japanese CR-V, Canadian Rav4, and Canadian Edge. It's also not built by a Union that takes its dues and supports morons like Nancy Pelosi.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          The CR-V is built in Ohio. Nice try though...
        unywwvpc
        • 3 Years Ago
        It Designed in America. It Built in America. On the contrary, Your beloved ford vehicles are built in mexico.
        distefano
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your "hyundai junk" is now snatching your 'beloved' Japanese cars. "New" camry is a real rip-off. You don't have to buy a hyundai. Many others will do.
      A. W. Lawson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did they order the grille from FoMoCo?
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A. W. Lawson
        No, they ordered it from the same razor blade company that shaved your mother's happy trail last night. You do realize this is camo, and there could be more to the design outside of the part that isn't covered...
        Simon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @A. W. Lawson
        No, they ordered it from the Sonata parts bin.
      Lucid
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol at people bashing the car even though they have no idea what it looks like. Haters will be haters.
      RomelS
      • 3 Years Ago
      quite a dangerous design with that upsweep in the very back! but overall this thing look pretty sweet even with camo on!!!! GO HYUNDAI!!!!
      bh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Introducing the new Hyundai Santa Fe. Because who needs rear visibility anyway? Seriously, this used to be a Hyundai strength. Now they, like everyone else, have walked away from simple ease-of-use things like decent-size windows.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bh
        You can thank the NHTSA and IIHS for basically mandating that the roof of the vehicle has to hold 4 times the vehicle's curb weight. Glass won't help in this regard, it will just shatter. Any time you say you miss big open windows, now you know who to blame. Trust me, it's not the designers...
          bh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Totally baseless. I've seen no correlation between window size and crash test ratings; Subarus, with the best visibility on the market, also tend to have the best safety scores. And who does a crash test on the rearmost side window? That's 100 percent a styling touch, and arguably not even a good one.
      harbour
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the way AB says they "found" this in a Motel lot. Basic lie based on AB's continuous and repetitive plumping all things HK. Now the HK engineers and idolaters will lay in on why this is marvy-poo.
      William Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't see much from this, but I hope it doesn't look too busy. The current Santa Fe is one of the cleanest designs I've seen these days and it has aged very well.
        William Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @William Lee
        Apparently, even neutrality earns you thumbs down here. Go figure.
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