Hyundai Santa Fe 2012

Codenamed DM, the Hyundai Santa Fe will premiere at the New York International Auto Show in early April. Hyundai has decided to whet our appetite with these first images showing fluidic direction the Santa Fe’s design has taken. The Santa Fe has been designed around three important traits : Refinement, Smartness and Practicality.

Hyundai will keep the name “Santa Fe” for the new vehicle, it would be foolish not to, considering the brand following the Santa Fe has in the USA as one of the SUVs with highest safety ratings and reliability. The all-new Santa Fe, which is entering its third generation, has reached worldwide cumulative sales of about 2.56 million units 2000 debut says Hyundai.

The Santa Fe design is based on a design concept ‘Storm Edge’, which is inspired by the strong and dynamic images during a storm. This design concept will of course, stay true to Hyundai’s ‘Fludic Sculpture’ philosophy.

The third-generation Santa Fe features sophisticated and refined lines, which are in harmony with bold and voluminous surfaces, completing a more aggressive and classic look than its predecessor.

The design adopts the hexagonal grille – a key design cue of the Hyundai family look – a two-tone voluminous bottom car body and wider front and rear bumpers, creating a futuristic and urban-style SUV image.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 : Side

Dynamic side character lines give a more aerodynamic feeling, while emotional details expressed on the exterior design deliver a premium image, suggesting a new design direction for Hyundai’s next-generation SUVs says Hyundai.

We will of course keep you posted when we get updates from the New York Auto Show.