SPY SHOTS: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe (IX45)

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been getting up there in years, and the current generation is one of the oldest vehicles that’s still running in the Hyundai lineup. Cue in the new 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Courtesy of www.autoten.com

The Hyundai Santa Fe, which will be known as the Hyundai iX45 across the ocean, will be a much-welcome update to the still-capable line of midsize SUVs/crossovers. This new Santa Fe will take on the exterior design language of the Tucson, Elantra, Accent and i40, known as “Fluidic Sculpture” according to Hyundai designers, but judging by these two spy shots (courtesy of www.autoten.com), it will also be slightly more angular in order to fit the size of this particular vehicle. It won’t be a big of a design departure from the current Hyundai Santa Fe as all of Hyundai’s new generation models are from the models they replace, but it will be enough of one to fit into Hyundai’s new model lineup.

What engines should we expect? Expect the 2.4 liter four-banger from the base Hyundai Sonata to carry over, as well as a V6 engine option. There could even be a turbocharged variant, using the tried and true 2.0 liter turbo from the Sonata. For Europe, expect smaller engine variants such as a 2.0, as well as a diesel engine option for maximum fuel economy.

According to sources, expect a release of summer 2013. Also, expect this model to fly off of dealer lots, just as the new Hyundai Tucson is doing and just as all of the other new midsized crossovers and SUVs that have been released lately are doing as well.

Expect it to also come with a 3-row seating option, as Hyundai hasn’t announced any plans to replace the 3-row full-size SUV, the Veracruz, yet, nor have any test mules of any new Veracruz prototypes or replacements been spied yet.