South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai had teased us a couple of days ago with the upcoming 2020 Santa Fe. They have now officially unveiled the facelifted version and have also shared details. This not an all-new version but, is a facelifted version to the fourth-generation Santa Fe that was launched internationally in 2018. The upcoming Santa Fe has a undergone some major changes in comparison to the current version. Hyundai has made cosmetic changes to the SUV and it also gets a tweaked platform which can now accommodate a Hybrid powertrain. The Santa Fe could be launched in India in a year or so.
Starting with the front, the upcoming Santa Fe gets an even wider grille than before. The front end design of the car is similar to the one that we have seen in Hyundai cars like Venue, all-new Creta and the Pallisade. The LED DRLs are placed on the top whereas the headlights are placed on both sides of the huge grille. The lower part of the bumper has also been redesigned and gives it a bit more premium look.
The side profile of the car looks similar to the current version but the major noticeable change here is the new set of 20-inch wheels. The rear also gets number of tweaks like a redesigned taillight with an LED connecting bar running between it. The bumper has also been redesigned and the reflectors are also placed as a strip above the skid plate.
On the inside, the design has been revised as well. it has been slightly tweaked to make it look more premium than it already was. It gets a new 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment screen, fully digital instrument cluster, a new panel for AC control, shift by wire transmission knob, redesigned centre console, drive modes and so on. Hyundai is expected to launch the updated Santa Fe in International markets by the end of this year.
Initially it would be launched in international markets and there is a possibility that Hyundai might launch it in India sometime in 2021. Meanwhile, Hyundai is also looking at the possibility of launching their flagship SUV Palisade in the Indian market. It is a full size SUV that will compete with cars like Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq in the segment. The Palisade is powered by a petrol V6 engine, and when launched in India is expected to be priced at about Rs. 40 lakh.