Big styling changes are headed to Hyundai’s crossovers, according to new spy photos.
Photographers caught a prototype of Hyundai’s next-gen Santa Fe undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden. Hidden under the camouflage is a preview of what to expect when the midsize crossover debuts in 2018 as a 2019 model.
The most dramatic changes happen at the front. A new honeycomb grille design replaces the current horizontal chrome bars, and the headlights will be separated into two sections, with a slim upper LED light and a larger light setup on either side of the grille.
These styling cues match spy shots from last fall of a new compact B-segment crossover expected from Hyundai for 2018.
As Automotive News reported in November, Hyundai will split up the Santa Fe/Santa Fe Sport family into two distinct nameplates for the next generation of crossovers.
After this Santa Fe model debuts, a new larger eight-passenger crossover is expected in 2019 with a different name in order to eliminate confusion. Whether the automaker resurrects the Veracruz nameplate -- last built in 2011 -- or brings on a new name is still unknown.