2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Hyundai Does the Crossover Shuffle

Unless you have been living under a rock, crossovers are currently the hot thing. Hyundai is planning some major changes to their crossover lineup for this.

This was revealed by Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski in a interview with Automotive News (Subscription Required).

"It's a game changer for us. It's not just adding new vehicles, it's doing a better job of positioning a family of CUVs," said Zuchowski.

Starting with Hyundai's current lineup, the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport will separate from one another. Zuchowski explained consumers get confused with the two models and where they stack up in terms of the competition. The Santa Fe Sport will be renamed and get a more rugged look. The larger Santa Fe will grow into a true eight-passenger crossover. The smallest crossover at the moment, the Tucson will grow as well. But don't expect any dramatic changes in terms of design.

As for new models, Hyundai will be introducing a B-segment crossover in early 2018 to take on the likes of the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3. This will be followed up by an even smaller A-segment crossover.

Pic Credit: Hyundai

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