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Hyundai Santa Fe 2024: all-new design debuts for large SUV, set for August world premiere


The new Santa Fe is a radical departure from the last generation in terms of design and is set for Australian release in the first half of 2024

Hyundai has revealed in full the new Santa Fe large SUV, and it looks strikingly different to the current-generation Santa Fe on sale in Australia. 

The South Korean automaker says that the all-new SUV, which hasn’t seen a significant design change since 2018, “finds the perfect balance between city life and the great outdoors, handling everything from busy family itineraries to car camping adventures”. 

Distinctive new features for the fifth-generation Santa Fe include new H-shape LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights, along with a longer wheelbase, “sharply defined wheel arches” and large 21-inch wheels – the latter of which will likely be available on higher-spec Santa Fes. 

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe rear 3/4 static shot
This is the new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe!

Featuring three rows of seating, Hyundai says the new Santa Fe has an extended tailgate and a more spacious interior. 

Inside the car, a panoramic curved display that features two 12.3-inch screens, one for the core touchscreen and the other for the instrument cluster. 

Hyundai says Nappa leather seat upholstery, wood-patterned garnishes and sustainable materials including recycled plastic used for the headliner, mats and the second and third row seat backs are all standard. 

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe interior wide shot
Curved glass panel features two 12.3-inch screens

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is set to compete with other large three-row SUVs, such as the related Kia Sorento, Toyota Kluger and the Nissan Pathfinder

Hyundai Australia has said that the new Santa Fe will launch locally in the first half of 2024. 

What else do we know about this new Santa Fe?

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe front 3/4 static shot
The new Santa Fe looks so different to the current-generation large SUV
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe rear end tailgate down
Hyundai says the Santa Fe is an ideal camping vehicle – perfect for Australian buyers

Although unconfirmed at this stage, it’s likely that the Santa Fe will continue to be powered by a mix of petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains globally. 

An electric version, however, is highly unlikely, as Hyundai ensures that the new Santa Fe does not step on the toes of the upcoming, fully-electric Ioniq 7

The Ioniq 7 is very likely to share most of its underpinnings with the Kia EV9 large electric SUV, which has up to 541km (WLTP) of range and a seven-seat layout.