By on March 12, 2012

Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossover is long overdue for a re-design, and when pressed for details, all that CEO John Krafcik would tell me was that it looked like a larger Tucson. He was right.

The new car uses an evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, now dubbed “Storm Edge”. At least the first name made some kind of sense. “Storm Edge” sounds like an ill-fated mission to kill Bin Laden. The Santa Fe appears to be a two-row crossover (after the optional third row was canned in 2009). Powertrain details remain murky – when asked, Krafcik said that “we’re saving the rest for the NY show…”, so you’ll have to wait another few weeks to find out more.

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9 Comments on “2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Rendered...”

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    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    I will say that Hyundai and Kia have done the “family” face on their vehicles well.

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    Not bad. I prefer if an automaker releases a full CG model of the car like this, rather than endless photo teases of random bits.

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    Hopefully, it won’t be a s disappointing as the CR-V in 3D. The camera ALWAYS lies. That’s why we use them…

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      Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as the new Tucson, which was one of the worst new vehicles I had the misfortune of test driving (out of pure curiosity, while a reflash was done to my car’s ECU at a multi-brand dealer) in the past several years.

      The Tucson had the ride quality of a skateboard, the steering feel of a chicken bone, terrible front seats and outward visibility, and it had more rattles and vibrations with less than 200 miles on the odometer than any new vehicle than I literally can “ever” recall.

      The then new stable mate Sonata, which I pulled up to as I came back from the test drive, had an interior and ride quality that seemed positively luxurious by comparison.

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    I like it, though I was hoping for the end to the upswept beltine that has plagued us now for years. Also, this looks almost exactly like the concept crossover Nissan showed at Geneva recently. Look it up.

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    Easy to get afraid when they say it’ll look like a bigger…

    Well, the Honda Accord Crosstour comes to mind.

    In contrast this looks well-proportioned. Should be a hit.

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    Nice job on the design … I’m in the market, and this looks an order of magnitude better than the Edge and the Venza and all the others in this class. Looking forward to seeing the features that Hyundai includes and please, let it tow 3500#.

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