Hyundai has been sharing a number of teasers and spy shots of the fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe. But on February 6th, it finally revealed press images of the said model. It now looks like a brand new car from the ground up, and is a bit of a departure from its predecessor. It’s mainly because the SUV now has a bolder exterior, as well as an interesting front fascia that features a set of slim upper lights like that of the Kona and the more eccentric looking Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell crossover.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe now has a new “cascading grille” up front, which we first saw on the i30. The new grille really will call anyone’s attention, and is even surrounded by a secondary set of squarer lights that give the SUV its unique look, therefore making it stand out from its rivals in its segment.
Right now, the only images we have of the Santa Fe only show its exterior, but we could already see how prominent it looks - with the upper character line that runs from the front to the rear, and the more angular wheel arches that give the side profile a more rugged appearance. And for the car’s rear, we only still have the official design sketch that we saw from last month.
Moving into the car’s interior, you will be surprised as the cabin has totally been redesigned from the bottom until the top. The center console is quite similar as that of the Kona, while the infotainment system can be found on top of it. This makes it easier for the driver as he won’t have to take his eyes off the road. Though we have not seen the instrument cluster fully, we could tell that it is fully digital. The automaker mentioned a Santa Fe with a longer wheelbase, which should provide more leg space for rear passengers.
The 2019 Santa Fe will be available with either a 2.0- or a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for the KDM-spec model, together with a 2.0 liter gasoline unit. Whichever engine you go for, it will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that brings power to both axles.
Of course, safety features are standard with the new SUV. This includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. With Safe Exit Assist, the car will automatically lock the doors to avoid an accident when anyone attempts to open the door and there are vehicles approaching. A warning will be issued as well. The Santa Fe will also have a Rear Occupant Alert that reminds the driver that there are still passengers in the back before getting out of the vehicle.
The Santa Fe is scheduled to make an appearance at the 2018 New York Auto Show this March.