While spy shots of prototypes in late January gave us a cloaked impression of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, now the Korean automaker has released two teaser photos of the redesigned crossover in advance of its official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show next month.
The automaker also confirmed that the revamped crossover, now entering its third generation, would retain the name “Santa Fe,” helping to build on the momentum of the crossover that first debuted with the 2007 model year in the U.S.
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Hyundai calls this latest design iteration of the Santa Fe “Storm Edge” and says that it “captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm.” We get that this is an expression of the continuing evolution of “Fluidic Sculpture,” but “Storm Edge”? It sounds rather menacing, not exactly the attribute you’d want in a family crossover.
Still, as our sister publication MotorAuthority points out, the result is a “futuristic and urban-style look.” The new Hyundai hexagonal grille and chrome three-bar are also prominent in the new Santa Fe.
In case you’re wondering, the Santa Fe is a preview of the design direction for Hyundai’s future SUVs.
The five-passenger mid-size Santa Fe, which sold 74,391 units in 2011, is Hyundai’s third best-selling vehicle, behind the Sonata and Elantra mid-size and compact cars.
We’ll have to wait a few weeks until the New York Auto Show to get full details of the model that is expected to go on sale later this year. That includes specifics on the powertrain lineup and whether there’ll be a third-row option again available (Hyundai dropped it in the Santa Fe in 2009).