The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe was only announced fairly recently, but we now have more information about the mid-size SUV.

Along with the new Santa Fe’s wild styling, it now has larger overall dimensions and a longer wheelbase.

Its elongated proportions enhance interior space, and a few-row arrangement is making a comeback on American products.

The spectacular redesign of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe was unveiled to the world just last month. While that lessens some of the surprise, Hyundai has now revealed additional specific information about the upcoming, outrageously designed mid-sized SUV. The fifth-generation Santa Fe not only surpasses its predecessor in practically every manner, but it also adds modern features, such reclaiming a third row of seats for American-made vehicles.

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No one would realise the Minecraft-looking ute seen in these images had any connection to the previous version, which arrived for the 2019 design year and received a facelift for 2021, if it weren’t still branded as the Santa Fe. The company has added H-shaped front and rear lights to the new Santa Fe to better ensure that observers will recognise the vehicle as a Hyundai. These lights complete the in-your-experience design.

The Santa Fe of 2024 expands from front to rear, up and down, and between its axles in comparison to the previous model. Its current length is 190.2 inches, an increase of 1.8 inches from before. Although the Santa Fe’s axle spacing has been increased by 1.9 inches, it is still nearly 50% shorter than the three-row Hyundai Palisade. The third row now has greater passenger space thanks to its 110.8-inch wheelbase. Before, the departing era purchased in other markets came with an extra row, while those presented on our soil were only given two rows.

Even though the new Santa Fe is the same width as the old one, it is now an inch or two taller (not including the excellent roof rails that are available). It is now available with enormous 21-inch wheels, although earlier 20s were the most common. Hyundai claims that there will be additional space for transporting passengers’ belongings, with the cargo space behind the extremely rear row growing by a few cubic feet to 26 cubic feet. It should be easier to shift points in and out with a larger liftgate aperture.

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It’s possible that when people today get in the remodelled Santa Fe, they’ll mistake it for a Land Rover. Although it might not make Land Rover owners happy, it will most certainly be appealing to everyone else. We assume the new dashboard design is attractive with its upright orientation and understated H-shaped features. We also see the new column-mounted shifter, physical buttons for the audio system, some HVAC controls, and a 6.6-inch touch panel sandwiched between them.

The single curving panel that holds the dual 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment system and the gauge cluster is the focal point of the dash. The steering wheel is very stylish and appears to have been taken directly from a Defender. The centre console, which has a pair of wireless charging pads atop a hollowed-out section, is advertised as becoming reachable for those in the front seats and the second row. Other unique features include a tray on top of the glovebox that uses ultraviolet radiation to sanitise small objects.

Although it’s not clear if they’re standard or optional, footrests can be deployed by front-seat passengers who want to raise their feet. Electric adjustments are available for the captain’s chairs in the second row, and the third row can recline up to 10 degrees. Legroom in the second and third rows, according to Hyundai, may measure up to 42.3 and 30 inches, respectively. That is an increase in the far-back seats of 2.7 inches over previous 3-row models.

Driver-support features on the 2024 Santa Fe include automatic emergency braking, automatic significant beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, and semi-autonomous driving modes. Along with safety features that lock the doors to prevent people from unintentionally stepping into traffic, there is a new driver-focus watch and a radar-based reminder to check the back seats.

Pricing and Engines

The Santa Fe’s powertrain options aren’t as drastically different from one another as its exterior design. They are, in reality, essentially unchanged. Although the basic 2.5-liter four-cylinder won’t be available in North America for much longer The 2.5-liter turbo-4 continues to produce 277 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque in the United States. Once more, it is paired with either front- or all-wheel drive and an eight-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

The hybrid model, which features a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-pot coupled with an electric motor, continues to operate despite the plug-in hybrid powertrain losing its U.S. citizenship. The arrangement is expected to produce the same 226 horsepower combined and includes an all-wheel drive system and a six-speed automated gearbox. To get our fuel economy numbers, however, we will have to wait as the EPA has not yet approved those statistics.

According to Hyundai, the 2024 Santa Fe will eventually be available at U.S. dealerships sometime in the first half of the following year. Although the company has not yet disclosed price, we believe the entry-level model will cost less than $40K given that the hybrid powertrain appears to be the standard configuration. The Santa Fe’s price tag will probably be in the region of $50,000 thanks to the stronger 2.5-liter turbo four and the top-spec Calligraphy design.