Next-gen 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe undergoes design rethink [Update]

  • New shape & design language planned for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai is taking drastic action to improve the Santa Fe, after years of disappointing sales
  • Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid variants set to continue with efficiency improvements
  • Could go on sale in the U.S. market towards the end of the 2023 from around USD 30k

Update: ‘Design’ section revised with a spy picture and new information.

The fourth-gen Hyundai Santa Fe that debuted in early 2018 will live shorter than the initial plan. According to a report from thekoreancarblog.com, the next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe would debut early to restore its popularity in the key markets it once enjoyed.

Here’s what we know so far on the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe, which is expected in hybrid and plug-in hybrid offers.

Design

Hyundai gave the fourth-gen Santa Fe a comprehensive facelift, and most automakers introduce such extensive revisions, usually with lifecycle changes. However, even such an extreme measure hasn’t seemed to work, and the company has decided to replace the current model with a new-generation model earlier than scheduled.

Codenamed Hyundai MX5, the fifth-gen Santa Fe will have a different positioning compared to the current model. The report claims that Hyundai has confirmed that the next-gen Santa Fe will be a large SUV instead of a semi-large vehicle like the current model. The company could make the Santa Fe (U.S. spec length 188.4 in.) bigger in the next generation, further distancing it from the Tucson (U.S. spec length – 182.3 in.). However, that would also mean coming up against the Palisade (U.S. spec length – 196.1 in.), which has been performing really well and ended the first half of 2022 with 43,637 units.

Source: Youtube/뻥태기TV

On August 17, 2022, S.Korean YouTube channel 뻥태기TV posted a video containing the first spy pictures of the next-gen Santa Fe. These indicate that the future model will have a strikingly different character compared to the current SUV.

The heavily camouflaged prototype looks boxier and has more traditional SUV design cues. The roofline is straighter, the rear windows are squarer (and reminiscent of Land Rover’s Defender & Discovery 4), and the roof rails are regular ones, not flush-fitted units. The five-spoke chunky wheels are similar to the Fisker Ocean’s F5 AirGlider seven-spoke wheels.

At the front, a spy shot Naver user 디젤매니아 posted on August 26, 2022, revealed that the next-gen Santa Fe’s headlamps are vertical units with H-shaped DRLs. On September 25, 2022, a new set of spy shots from Naver user soonjung8116 offered the clearest look so far at the vehicle’s exterior. We were just wondering how far Hyundai would go with its unusual designs, when we saw these pictures of the 2024 Santa Fe. The stylists have planned an unusual position for the large tail lights of the 2024 Santa Fe, which will be placed above the bumper, as seen in the image below.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe MX5 rear three quarter spy shot
Hyundai often lends models a unique identity and isn’t afraid to transform their character with the lifecycle makeover. The next-gen Santa Fe will be just another example of that bold strategy. Image Source: Naver/soonjung8116

Along with a new exterior design, the next-gen Santa Fe will be the first Hyundai to wear the new brand logo, claims an updated report from thekoreancarblog.com. In countries where regulations permit and customers prefer a bold style, the new Hyundai logo will come with backlighting, replicating the front of new-age EVs. That would explain the H-shaped DRLs and the light band in-between.

Interior

Hyundai Santa Fe interior
The interior of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe should adopt an evolution of the new Tucson’s ‘INTERSPACE’ design theme with multi-layered forms.

The interior of the next-gen Santa Fe would undoubtedly be more upscale, looking more appealing than that of the smaller Tucson, which isn’t the case with the current model. Expect a sleeker dashboard with more neatly integrated air-con vents, a luxury vehicle-style two-spoke steering wheel, a larger touchscreen infotainment system, and a cleaner bridge-type center console. The flatter body panels could help in improving space levels for passengers and luggage, as well as outward visibility.

Powertrain

The next-gen 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe may stick to the current model’s 1.6-liter TGDI engine-based hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems. While improvements are inevitable, a complete replacement of these electrified powertrains looks unlikely. The current model’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems produce 226 hp and 261 hp, respectively. The plug-in hybrid variant’s 13.8 kWh battery pack provides 30 miles of EPA-est. electric range, and that is something Hyundai could improve in the incoming generation by adding cells. The company is also planning an all-electric three-row SUV with the Ioniq 7, which is a wave of the future.

Release Date

The second KCB report says that the new Santa Fe will arrive eight to ten months earlier than the original expectation and that the prototypes will soon hit the roads. The U.S. launch of the next-gen 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe could conclude in the second half of 2023.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe FAQs

What is the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe release date?

The next-gen Santa Fe could start reaching U.S. dealers towards the end of 2023.

Which SUVs will be 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe alternatives?

Alternatives to the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe will include Honda Passport, Chevrolet Blazer, Subaru Forester, etc.

What will be the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe price?

The 2024 Santa Fe will likely start at under USD 30,000, with the plug-in hybrid models going above USD 40,000.

Featured image: Render of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe by NYMammoth/Youtube