2012 Hyundai Santa Fe spy shot

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.