Following a preview earlier this month, Hyundai has unveiled the 2019 Santa Fe in South Korea.
The introduction of the new model brings a few changes to the nomenclature as the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. Hyundai also confirmed that an all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name.
Looking significantly more upscale than its predecessor, the redesigned model has a bold design which mimics the Kona. The front of the crossover is dominated by a large “cascading” grille which is flanked by LED lights units. Moving further back, there’s gently flowing surfaces, metallic accents and plastic body cladding.
Overall, the Santa Fe measures 4,770mm (187.7 inches) long, 1,890mm (74.4 inches) wide and 1,680mm (66.1 inches) tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,765mm (108.8 inches). This means the model is 70mm (2.7 inches) longer and 10mm (0.3 inches) wider while the wheelbase has grown by 65mm (2.5 inches).
Thanks to the increased dimensions, the crossover can hold up to 36.6 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row seats and 11.6 cubic feet behind the third row seats. When all the seats are folded flat, the Santa Fe carry up to 71.3 cubic feet of luggage.
Sticking with the interior, the cabin is all-new and can be equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a head-up display and a power liftgate. Drivers will also find a high-tech infotainment system with voice recognition technology and Apple Car Play compatibility.
An assortment of driver assistance systems will be available and these include frontal collision avoidance, lane departure assistance and smart cruise control with a stop and go function. Other features include highway driving assistance and a rear collision warning system.
In South Korea, the Santa Fe will be offered with three different engines. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 235 PS (172 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. The 2.0-liter diesel develops 186 PS (136 kW) and 402 Nm (296 lb-ft) of torque, while the larger 2.2-liter unit churns out 202 PS (148 kW) and 441 Nm (325 lb-ft).
All of the engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an all-wheel drive system.
The Santa Fe is priced from 28.15 million won ($26,179) and Hyundai says it has already received 14,243 orders for the new model.