The company said it cost £90m to develop over a 26 month period.
The new look marks a noticeable difference in the Korean manufacturer’s future design plans. It comes with a new 2.2-litre and a 2.7-litre V6 petrol engines.
The Santa Fe will include a new four-wheel drive system which electronically directs power to the wheels that have the best traction.
Hyundai said the Santa Fe's chassis was extensively revised to attain a ‘more refined sedan-like ride’.
Details of when it will go on sale and how much it will cost are yet to be announced.