New for 2019: Top 10 Major Changes on the Redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe
If you haven’t been religiously following Hyundai news recently, you probably hadn’t noticed that the Korean automaker had debuted the fourth generation of the Santa Fe crossover SUV. Instead of unveiling the redesigned model in the United States, the automaker introduced the Santa Fe to the public in its home country of South Korea—specifically at its Motorstudio Goyang studio.
For those who want to know what’s in store for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, these are the most notable changes.
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- New Names: Previously, the three-row version was called the “Santa Fe” and the two-row was the “Santa Fe Sport.” Now, the three-row version will be called the “Santa Fe XL” and the two-row will be the “Santa Fe.”
- Meet the Diesel: The 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine will be more widely available going forward, and will get an occasional-use third-row seat.
- Revised Fascia: The front of the Santa Fe now bears the brand’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design utilizing LED Daytime Running Lights above LED headlights.
- Greater Volume: The old Santa Fe Sport had 108 cubic feet of passenger volume and 143.4 cubic feet of total interior volume; that is expanding to 110.7 and 147.3, respectively, for the 2019 Santa Fe. The underlying platform of the Hyundai Santa Fe is extending from 106.3 inches to 108.9 inches.
- Better Visibility: The exterior side mirrors have been lowered and mounted further rearward to provide better visibility, minimizing blind spots. The A-pillars have been shrunk for the same reason.
- Upgraded Transmission: Replacing the old six-speed transmission is an in-house-designed eight-speed automatic transmission that’s lighter, adding ratio range that improves thrust and efficiency. Responsiveness benefits from a direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter.
- Re-tuned Suspension: By altering the suspension gemoterty and angling the rear shocks of the 2019 Santa Fe, Hyundai has produced better stability and and handling in the SUV.
- Cabin Alterations: Improvements to the SUV’s interior include a more organized gauge cluster, tilted visual display angle (to reduce glare), rearranged storage pockets/compartments, and more optional audio/communication upgrades (like a virtual projected HUD).
- Safe Exit Assist Debut: The 2019 Santa Fe carries the automaker’s new Safe Exit Assist, which keeps the doors locked whenever another vehicle (two- or four-wheeled) to prevent unintended impacts.
- More Safety Features: Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now standard, so the Santa Fe comes with Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Parking Distance Warning Reverse, and more.
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