A single shadowy image and some safety tech details preview the fourth-gen

The fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is well on its way, and Hyundai is building anticipation with the release of a new teaser image showing the SUV’s profile obscured in shadow. From what we can gather, the look includes a tight window line and reshaped designs for the headlights and taillights, both of which appear to be slimmer this time around. We also see a prominent lower character crease, roof rails up top, larger fender flares in the corners, a trailing edge roof spoiler, and shiny window trim.

The South Korean brand also revealed that the Santa Fe would come with the latest in safety stuff from its Smart Sense suite of technology, including features like rear cross-traffic alert, automatic braking, and for the first time, Rear Occupant Alert, which “monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car,” presumably to keep from leaving little ones behind on a hot day.

The Santa Fe was Hyundai’s very-first SUV model, and considering the popularity of the body style these days, it’s imperative the automaker keeps it feeling as fresh as possible. Customers will be offered a three-row interior, but we’re also expecting the lineup to include a two-row Santa Fe Sport. Look for an in-depth look at the model in March at the Geneva Motor Show, plus a debut in February in its native South Korea.

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Hyundai Motor has unveiled its first facts about the New Generation Santa Fe, which will celebrate its world premiere in February before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. The fourth generation Santa Fe continues the model’s global success story.

The new generation Santa Fe offers a comprehensive package of Hyundai’s latest active safety features under the Smart Sense technology umbrella. The innovative and industry-first Rear Occupant Alert monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the car. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning is now enhanced by an automated braking function. To avoid the risk of collision when reversing out of narrow areas with limited visibility, the system warns the driver and applies the brakes automatically.

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