Seoul - Following the release of a teaser pic last week that showed us the side profile of Hyundai’s new Santa Fe, the Korean carmaker has posted two teaser sketches that preview the front and rear styling.

Bearing in mind that the production model will look more subdued than this pumped up design sketch implies, it still evidently represents a bold new design direction for the Santa Fe, particularly up front with with the Kona-inspired split level headlights and large ‘cascading’ grille.

The back end also shows a more aggressive interpretation of current Hyundai design language.

The newcomer is certain to move up the pricing ladder as Hyundai adopts a more premium positioning, and expect interior appointments to reflect that.

No word yet on what engines will power the new Santa Fe, but Hyundai is promising a raft of new intelligent safety features, including Rear Occupant Alert (presumably to prevent absent-minded parents from forgetting their kids in the back) and an updated Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning system with auto-braking.

Hyundai says the new Santa Fe will be revealed in full some time in February, before making its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. 

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