The next-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been spotted undergoing hot-weather testing, and this time some of its camouflage cladding has been removed, revealing the front of the SUV. It appears to draw heavily upon the design used on the Hyundai Kona, the Korean manufacturer’s B-segment SUV.

Here, we can see that the next Santa Fe will adopt the Kona’s narrow headlamp design and a similar grille, albeit with two tiers of front lights to the Kona’s three. It’s poised to be quite a head-turner, from the looks of it.

Details aren’t thick on the ground yet as far as the Santa Fe’s mechanicals are concerned, though it can be expected to adopt the latest available powertrain combinations, possibly including the Elantra’s turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol mill, along with a diesel. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also possible.

The upcoming model is said to further build upon its multi-passenger capabilities, with a larger variant of the future Santa Fe set to accommodate up to eight persons, according to Automotive News. The current model seats up to seven. Question is, do you like what you see so far?