Here’s the story behind the Hyundai Santa Fe's European design

Updated Sep 30, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The attention to detail is brilliant.

No one can deny that the new Hyundai Santa Fe is a well-designed midsize SUV. What could be the reason for this? Well, Hyundai Head Designer Thomas Buerkle and his team shared the design details of the new Santa Fe.

The designers from Germany wanted to integrate the new Hyundai Santa Fe with a global design since it is a model offered worldwide. In fact, the designers said that they did not focus on what Europeans would want, but focused on something the world would love. The new Santa Fe was designed in Hyundai Motor Company Europe Design Center with help from the global team.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is a facelift model of the fourth-gen Santa Fe. Its sophisticated and luxurious visuals are based on the theme “Sensuous Sportiness.” The new Santa Fe’s slimmer synthetic surroundings and the rich surfaces and volumes contribute to the high-quality look.

Front view of the new Santa Fe

The headlamps and massive front grille are redesigned to improve overall aesthetics

One of the most iconic features the new Santa Fe possesses is its T-shaped daytime running lights (DRL). When the designers were asked about it, they said that headlamps are a key element that people look at first when evaluating a car. For this reason, they wanted to make it look bold and strong as ever.

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The T-shaped daytime running lights (DRL)

The T-shaped daytime running lights (DRL)

The designers also added a wider radiator grille to further complement the new T-shaped daytime running lights. These two front fascia elements create the impression of stability and make the Santa Fe instantly recognizable on the road.

At the back, the new Santa Fe comes with a striking bumper design and horizontal taillights. Both the reflectors and the skid plate are also made horizontal to connect with the other character lines.

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Side view of the new Santa Fe

This is arguably the best version of the Santa Fe so far

The designers added that the Santa Fe’s new platform is the most attractive factor of the vehicle. The new platform comes with bold designs such as ideal proportions, stable looks, T-shaped DRL, bold-looking radiator grille, and sporty looking rear diffuser all represent the vehicle’s unique looks.

Moreover, it comes with a lower center of gravity, while the cabin got more space. The new Santa Fe features a body that’s 10 mm longer as compared to its predecessor, and it sits on a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels. 

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Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2023

Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is a seven-seater midsize crossover. It assumes a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. Locally, the new Santa Fe’s sole variant is the GLS 2.2R CRDi DCT, which is priced at Php 2,420,000.

Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Santa Fe is 4,785mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,710mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,765mm, and a ground clearance of 176mm.

Under the hood of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill that can produce up to 200 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Locally, the Hyundai Santa Fe competes against the likes of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-8, Jeep Cherokee, etc.

₱ 2,158,000 - ₱ 2,538,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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