Have you seen what’s happened in the world of cars? Have you seen the new Toyota Camry? Any recent Lexus? Have you seen it? Asian car manufacturers are treading well into daring territory when it comes to car design, slicing up body panels and crumpling up pretenses. There’s no beige on the palette either.

Kia and Hyundai aren’t shy either. Now the Koreans are taking generalisations and tossing them out the window, on the way to the bank in the new Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro, or how about that seven-seater Telluride?

Design sells cars and the Koreans in particular have figured it out paying more and more attention to body lines rather than how many drops of adhesive they can save during each bonding of door trim with door. Individuality, ironically, is what the masses want in their consumerware, and Hyundai-Kia are giving it away in spades whether you agree with the look or not.


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The latest car to get the treatment is the next seven-seater Santa Fe SUV which is due for its fourth-generation when it goes on sale later this year. So far Hyundai hasn’t revealed much about the car but you can safely expect two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This will be worth around 240 horsepower and 350Nm of torque, and there is no word at the moment whether capacity-obsessed markets like the US and the Middle East will get any V6 engine options.

What’s important is that the Santa Fe will sell, because that’s what daring design does nowadays, (Otherwise why are people buying Toyota CH-Rs? Ahem…) and the model is also supposed to further evolve Hyundai’s front fascia family appearance.

The Koreans say the 2019 Santa Fe will launch with some industry-first active safety features, plus gear such as Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Safety Exit Assist that doesn’t let you ambush a passing cyclist when you’re leaving the car.

You can look forward to the first public premiere of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe at next month’s Geneva motor show, before the D-segment SUV starts reaching markets worldwide, with an expected arrival date in tour region near the end of the year.


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