The fourth-generation, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover has been presented in South Korea.
The Santa Fe is an important product for Hyundai in North America. The company has moved 1.5 million examples of the SUV in the US, making it the best-selling vehicle in Hyundai USA’s 32-year history. Like the Hyundai Kona, the 2019 Santa Fe features its corporate ‘Cascading Grille’, along with an upright and widened stance, LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. Hyundai says the suspension geometry has also been improved for a more comfortable ride, while an optional self-levelling suspension further improves comfort and ensures a smooth ride with heavy cargo on board, or when towing a trailer.
Three powertrains will be offered with the North American-spec Santa Fe from launch. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder GDI making 185 hp, which is joined by an available 2.0-liter turbo four with 232 hp. A CRDi turbodiesel will also be offered, making 200 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which will send power to Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system. The AWD system can also be configured between Normal, Smart and Sport modes, with Sport sending more torque to the rear wheels than Normal or Smart.
As for the interior, Hyundai promises more space behind the second-row seats and a lower floor for better passenger comfort and added cargo volume. The interior design is described as “horizontal and roomy,” and offers better visibility than the outgoing Santa Fe. Hyundai’s 7.0-inch display screen comes standard, although its AVN 5.0 nav screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is offered on higher-end trims. There’s also an available Qi wireless charging pad, a 630W, 12-speaker Infinity audio system and “Smart Speed-Dependant Volume Control” which will self-adjust the volume based vehicle speed and cabin noise so the driver doesn’t have to.
A variety of passive and active safety systems are also offered on the 2019 Santa Fe including Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Detection, a Rear Seat Occupant Alert designed to stop parents forgetting children in the car and Safe Exit Assist. A three-year subscription to Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car services also comes with the purchase of the vehicle, allowing the user to remote start the vehicle with a smartphone app, adjust the climate control, remote lock or unlock the doors, use a car finder, or get roadside assistance, among more.
Finally, the Santa Fe Sport name has been dropped from the SUV’s lineup for 2019. The shorter wheelbase version will now simply be called Santa Fe, with the long wheelbase model now referred to as the Santa Fe XL. The 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL will go on sale this summer. Pricing details will be announced closer to its arrival at dealerships.
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