It won't be long before we see the official reveal of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, but predictably, the Internet won't be kept waiting. Consider us unsurprised that a set of grainy photos showing what is claimed to be a badgeless redesigned Santa Fe crossover has appeared ahead of schedule.

That said, we're thinking the chrome-heavy maw depicted in these shots suggests that this is probably an overseas version (ix45) – not exactly what we'll see in the States. At least, that's what we're hoping, as the wall of frontal brightwork seems out of step not just with the market, but also Hyundai and its styling position here in North America. That said, our moles confirm that this is "some version of Santa Fe" and suggest that the image above was likely part of an illicit photo shoot taken inside the plant in Korea.

We should know more in April, when the North American Santa Fe is expected to launch at the New York Auto Show. For now, however, check out AutoEvolution for a second look.


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      JeremyD
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front grill is 100% Ford...
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may be a Hyundai, but the front could pass for a new Ford.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      No, I'm the Ford Albuquerque!
      tkosoccer03
      • 2 Years Ago
      and just when you thought the Ford 3-bar grill was becoming a thing of the past....
      tenspeeder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh great. Another vehicle with so much chrome in the grille that it can blind a wombat as it rolls down the road with the sun hitting it.
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        well then dont drive it in australia then and you wont have to worry about blind wombats....
      pkchari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! I hope it's not a mirrored photo and the production model actually *does* have two steering wheels!
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pkchari
        Hahaha! It honestly looks pretty good. I'm sick of chrome grilles, but the way the headlights wrap around the corners, Genesis coupe style, looks pretty nifty.
      Adamnski
      • 2 Years Ago
      Three bar grill is very "old Ford" style, sure hope that is not for US market.
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      Dedrean Dixon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone notice this is a photoshop of one side of the car? Notice the reflections are identical on each side of the car. and the blueish tint of the paint in the middle where they blended it. Its a good idea of what it will look like, but its probably not an exact replication of what it will look like.
        Atomohawk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dedrean Dixon
        Yea, I noticed that too. It's a nice way to get a better view as to what it will most likely look like. But seeing a professionally captured image of the actual product will definitely compliments its attributes much better than this quick 'teaser' image. But overall I like what I see. It has a lot of recognizable cues that other auto makers have applied to their current vehicles, such as: I see a bit of the 2012 Honda CR-V 'Concept' in the lower bumper and silver protective skid plate. I see a bit of the 2011 Kia Sportage in the shape of the fog light assembly and layout. As for the grill and headlights, to me this looks similar to the 2013 Ford Fusion and more of what the 2013 Ford Escape should've looked like rather than a scaled up derivative of a 2012 Ford Focus. All in all I think it's a great combination and very well executed from what I can see here. It all complements the other design aspects very well and I can't wait to see official images soon.
      Princess Cedron
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my 2010 santa fe will be crushed if that's what the new one looks like.... I wanted to trade it in for 2013 but not if it looks like a ford reject....
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      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      The company that defined beautiful to hideously overstyled in a 3-year span....
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