More images of the highly anticipated next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe have appeared on two blogs, Hyundai's official domestic-market blog, and Korean Car Blog. While the officially released images give us a fairly good idea of what the final product will look like, these two sources reveal some additional details.
To nobody's great surprise, LED lighting figures prominently in the new Santa Fe, as accent lighting for the headlamps, taillights partially (if not fully) illuminated by LEDs, three-row seating (unknown if U.S. model will be offered in a three-row version) an ample quantity of airbags, and an available lane departure warning system. It also appears a 12-way adjustable driver's seat with memory will be optional.
Following in the footsteps of the Sonata and Veloster, the 2013 Santa Fe will offer Blue Link, as the service rolls out to Hyundai's full lineup as the models are updated.
Running Google Translate on the Korean-language company blog, it identified the powerplant as a turbodiesel four-cylinder. We are not sure if this engine will be offered in the U.S.-spec model, but the chances are not likely. The most likely standard engine will be a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder offered in the Sonata, and newly-available as an intermediate engine option on its corporate cousin, the Kia Sorento. The upgrade engine for the U.S. remains a mystery, but the most likely candidates are the 3.3-liter direct-injected V-6 that just debuted in the new Azera, or the Sonata's available 2.0-liter turbo direct-injected four-cylinder. There's a chance that both engines could be made available, depending on trim level and packages.
Source: Hyundai Blog, The Korean Car Blog