Hyundai has unveiled its next generation, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. First, to clarify, the Santa Fe nameplate will take the place of the current five-passenger Santa Fe Sport. This new generation features a new design, a new technology and a new diesel engine option.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has a new look that stands out less crossover and more SUV than before. It looks wider, more muscular and bigger than the vehicle it replaces, thanks to Hyundai’s large cascading grille and available 19-inch wheels. Inside, it has a horizontal layout to give an impression of width. Large windows provide better visibility, despite the rising waistline. It features a new dashboard with a three-dimensional look, and the infotainment screen has been repositioned to reduce glare. A new head-up display will also be available.
The Santa Fe 2019 will offer a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 232-hp turbo. A 2.2-liter diesel engine will be available offering approximately 200 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. The diesel model will be the only one to offer optional third-row seats. Each will be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
For comfort, Hyundai has revised the suspension, especially at the rear, to provide a smoother ride. Hyundai also offers an optional load leveling suspension to maintain a constant ride height, even when loaded with cargo or towing. Its four-wheel-drive system offers capacity in lean weather conditions and has different modes to distribute torque to improve performance.
To improve safety and convenience, Hyundai includes a number of driving aids in the new Santa Fe. These include Lane Keeping Assist, Stop-and-Go Adaptive Cruise Control and a Panoramic Monitor. In addition, it offers a rear seat occupant alert using an ultrasonic sensor to detect the movement of children or pets in the back. It also offers a secure exit assistance function, which prevents you from opening the door when a motorcycle, bike or other vehicle approaches the rear.
We will soon have more information on the next generation of Hyundai Santa Fe, once we have turned the corner.