The fourth generation 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe was caught on camera stretching its wheels on the legendary Nurburgring. Our spy photographers report that the incoming Santa Fe was wearing less camo and a big smile. The incumbent model has been around for five years, implying that it’s about time the Korean automaker introduced an all-new flagship SUV.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe – Evolutionary Design
It appears the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV sports an evolutionary design, but some subtle differences are evident. For instance, it positions the side mirrors on the doors rather than at the base of the A-pillars. The headlights also adopt a split design, in which daytime running lamps sit atop of the hood and the main projectors create a vertical stack underneath. Meanwhile, the grille is adopting Hyundai’s cascading design first seen on the 2018 Elantra GT.
The Hyundai didn’t do much to the interior when it updated the Santa Fe model for the year 2017. For that reason, we expect the new-gen version to bring an all-new look inside. The automaker also gets rid of the overly gaudy dash and tones things down a tad upfront. The dash receives a flatter design comprising gentle overhangs alongside few layers heaped on top of each other.
We have some fake wood garnishing in place. Also, the Hyundai is upping things this time by replacing the standard five-inch display with a minimum of six inches. It is likely to share the standard seven-inch display with the incumbent three-row Santa Fe or the Santa Fe Sport. And, the eight-inch touchscreen with navigation becomes the only available option.
In terms of connectivity, the next-gen Santa Fe comes with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Infinity sound system carries over as an option, but more than 12 speakers may become available on the next Santa Fe model.
Aside from this, a few extra USB ports, HVAC controls, and new door trims are equally thrown inside of the cabin. Further, the incoming Santa Fe features a new seat layout, refined audio system, new materials, a new instrument cluster and an updated WiFi hotspot.
Engine and Gearbox of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a 3.3-liter V6 engine that spits out 290 horses at 6,400 rpm and 252 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine bolts exclusively to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Front-Wheel Drive mode comes as standard across all trims, while the All-Wheel Drive is available as an option.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe – MSRP and Release Date
The automaker is still reluctant to unveil the pricing details and release date of the new Santa Fe. For the record, the current Hyundai Santa Fe starts at $32,000 and tops out at $45,000. Since the new generation comes with new pricing, we expect the inbound Hyundai Santa Fe pricing to upsurge.
We’ve had reports alleging that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe premieres sometime in early 2018. We will be updating this space as soon as more news becomes available. Stay tuned.