At the Nürburgring's Industry Pool I have filmed the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue to be Hyundai’s standard-bearer, offering buyers an alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Nissan X-Trail.

As such, it should feature even sharper looks than its processor, while continuing to offer the seven-seat practicality SUV buyers increasingly favour.

There are a few areas, however, where we expect the next-generation Santa Fe to herald significant improvements, and the first of these is design.

The current Santa Fe is a handsome, sleek SUV, but it was launched back in 2013. By the time 2019 rolls around, the disjunction between the Santa Fe and newer Hyundai models – like the latest i30, for example – is likely to be even more sharply felt.

To that end, witness the sleek, narrow LED headlights peeping out beneath this camouflaged car’s disguise. The radiator grille also appears more in keeping with the i30’s ‘cascading’ grille – a new Hyundai hallmark – than the front of the current Santa Fe.

And while we can’t see inside this test car, we can hazard a fairly reasonable guess that the new Santa Fe will offer a more inspired dashboard than the worthy interior found in the current model.

Finally, the new Santa Fe may bring with it more engine options for customers. At present, if you want a Santa Fe you can only have one with a 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine. While this is a good fit for the car, it’s showing its age a little now and is also the only engine available. Consumers – particularly at this end of the market – tend to want more choice than that.

We’ll have to wait and see whether the 2019 Santa Fe will get a hybrid setup, but Hyundai and sister brand Kia have stated they want to offer 31 low-emission vehicles by 2020; fitting an electric motor and batteries to a conventional petrol or diesel engine is a good way to achieve that end.