The first and most impactful change in this update is the design of the Santa Fe, redesigned into a boxy, muscular-looking family van.
According to Hyundai, they used the Santa Fe's shape to convey a sense of majesty by giving it a high hood, sharp fenders and unique H-shaped headlights, followed by another H-shaped shape on the front fascia.
The SUV gets 21-inch wheels and now partly looks like a walking off-roader.
The automaker has also widened the Santa Fe's wheelbase, a change that will improve ride comfort and increase interior space.
Hyundai claims to have developed the new Santa Fe with lifestyle use in mind.
The interior features second- and third-row seats that fold flat, following the same H-heavy style found on the SUV's exterior.
Hyundai equips a 12.3-inch digital instrument with a sweeping panoramic view, and the cabin features contrasting upholstery colors and premium materials.
Eco-friendly materials grace the interior design, with the headliner and seat backs made from recycled plastic.
Still, this SUV features more traditional luxury touches like wood trim and optional embroidered Nappa leather.
According to Autoblog, based on the circulating images, Santa Fe shows the 2.5T badging and HTRAC script on the back of the SUV.
The automaker plans to share more details on YouTube during next month's full Santa Fe launch.