Hyundai has released first images of the new fourth-generation Santa Fe, which will be available for booking in its home market of South Korea starting tomorrow. The big SUV gets an all-new look as well as a range of infotainment and safety technologies.

The sole front three-quarter image shows a design that takes after the hydrogen-powered Nexo, with dual-tier headlights featuring slim upper daytime running lights and larger main lighting units lower down. There’s also the cascading grille that is fast becoming a Hyundai signature, along with prominent squared-off wheel arches and a strong shoulder line that stretches across the full length of the vehicle.

Inside, the Santa Fe takes after the smaller Kona with a three-tier dashboard – the freestanding infotainment display sits up top, followed by the slim air vents in the middle and the rest of the switchgear down below. Hyundai says the cabin uses high-quality materials and colours, and prioritises customer convenience.

Practicality, a major consideration for buyers in this segment, has also been improved. The increased length and wheelbase providing what Hyundai claims is best-in-class legroom for the second row, while third-row headroom has also been increased. Entry and egress for those in the last row has also been made easier, and a one-touch seat folding function will also be available to increase boot space if needed.

In terms of technology, the Santa Fe will be offered with BlueLink 2.0 (free for five years, up from two currently), which provides telematics services such as remote start, security and vehicle management functions, and real-time navigation guidance via smartphone connectivity. There’s also a song identification feature, developed in conjunction with SoundHound.

Additionally, a new server-based voice recognition system incorporates artificial intelligence technology from Korean tech company Kakao to improve functionality and accuracy. This enables the system to recognise more natural speech patterns, such as when asking for route guidance to a specific location.

On the safety front, the Santa Fe will come as standard in Korea with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and High Beam Assist (HBA). There are also a number of other technologies that are either a world first, or a first for the Hyundai Motor Group.

In the former category, there’s the Safe Exit Assist (SEA) which, in addition to warning if a passenger is about to open a rear door into the path of an approaching vehicle, will also lock said door. The Santa Fe also sees the first use of Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), which will alert the driver upon leaving the car if it detects a passenger still sitting in the rear of the car.

Lastly, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA) will apply the brakes to prevent a collision with crossing traffic when reversing out of narrow spaces with limited visibility. Hyundai says it’s the first time a Hyundai or Kia is fitted with such a system.

Engine choices include a 2.0 litre turbo petrol mill and 2.0 and 2.2 litre turbodiesels, although no output figures have been released just yet. An eight-speed automatic transmission and Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system are standard across the range.