Hyundai has come out with an oddly clunky Santa Fe convertible, and we’re wondering who on Earth would ever buy such a thing?
Korean carmaker Hyundai is taking their Santa Fe and completely revamping it for 2019. What was previously the Santa Fe Sport will become the new Santa Fe, and what was the regular Santa Fe in 2018 will instead become the new Santa Fe XL. Why Hyundai insists on calling every single one of their SUVs the Santa Fe and can’t come up with a new name is anybody’s guess.
The new Santa Fe (either one, take your pick) is getting harder lines, a redesigned front and rear fascia, new headlights, taillights, rear bumper, and a new tailgate. However, at no point during Hyundai’s presentation did they mention anything about a convertible model, so this Santa Fe Cabriolet comes as a complete surprise.
We have Hyundai Australia to thank for this bizarre SUV convertible. Apparently the Aussies are so sunstruck that they’ll cut the roof of the Santa Fe just to get a few more rays in.
However, there are a few things to note about this ridiculous car. First, it’s a one-off prototype and not actually a production-version vehicle. This bespoke SUV began life as a pre-production Santa Fe intended for promotional work. Hyundai cut the roof off in order to make taking interior photos a little easier--evidently it was cheaper than CGI.
It was intended to be crushed later, but Australian car site CarAdvice got their mitts on it and somehow convinced Hyundai to let them take it for a spin. This is actually a little scary because Hyundai literally sheered the roof off without putting any additional structural supports in the frame. Thus, the whole thing bends alarmingly while cornering, and if it ever got into an accident it would crumble like a soda can.
Needless to say, this SUV is not road-legal.
But every convertible has an element of risk. If it starts to rain, you get wet. If there is a cloud of bugs, you eat bugs. It just comes with the territory.
There isn’t even a retractable soft top on this bad boy--it’s just you and the open road. Your roof is the sky, and you’re at the mercy of whatever nature has in store.
Oddly poetic for a Hyundai.