2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Spy Shots, Release Date, Specs

The upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize 7-passenger SUV that is very popular among the families, mostly because of his available space. This is a very powerful vehicle with some excellent features. The new model will be presented at Geneva Motor Show.

However, it comes with 3-row seats and amazing safety system. Likely competitors are Kia Sorento, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer. Santa Fe is coming with four trims. SE, Limited, SE Ultimate and the top trim is Limited Ultimate. All-wheel drive is also available on all of those trims.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe front

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Photo 1

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Photo 1

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is an Amazing Family SUV

Hyundai did some “surgery” on last year Santa Fe and it was a great success. The exterior now looks more aggressive, especially the front part with a new 5-bar grille. The base SE model is coming with the integrated rear spoiler and nice looking 18-inch wheels. However, the Limited trims are available with 19-inch wheels, fog lights, and roof rails.

The space inside the cabin of newly 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is amazing. Not only the 2-row bench reclines, but it can be split in 40/20/40 and it slides forward. In that way, legroom in third-row has been maximized. However, the front-seat comfort is very high, with some impressive materials all over the cabin. Front bucket seats are coming with power-adjustable lumbar support.

Third-row passengers can now also control air conditioning and heating from the back. Santa Fe Limited includes leather seating, push-button starting, and electronic gauge cluster. Furthermore, 8-inch color navigation touch-screen and Multi-View monitor are included as well.

Speaking of optional equipment, the customers also have a large choice. The heated steering wheel and Infinity Premium audio system with USB ports are a good pick. However, the safety system is awesome, with some great features like blind-spot detection and lane-departure warning. The list goes on with rear cross-traffic alert and hands-free Smart liftgate. An all-wheel drive is an option for itself and it will cost $1700.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Teaser

Safety

For the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, the company prepared new safety features. Also, existing equipment is revisited and updated. So, after all the work, the crossover will come with adaptive cruise control that gets the stop-and-go feature. Also, various assist services are available to drivers.

Lane departure is standard. Smart technology added sensors to back seats, which will detect kids’ moves on the rear bench. Finally, new Santa Fe will keep you safe from bikes and motorcycles when you are leaving the vehicle. Safe exit service will block the door opening if it detects moving a two-wheeler coming from behind.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Spy Photo

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Spy Photo

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine and Gearbox

Hyundai Santa Fe makes it simple to buy, as the manufacturer is offering only one engine and one transmission. A 2.4-liter inline-4 engine is a very powerful unit, with good acceleration and its smoothness.

This powertrain can produce up to 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, the engine is coming with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Some experts see that as a potentially bigger problem, as all of the competitors offer transmissions with more gears. It also provides easy and clean gear changes, and rapid downshifts.

2019 Santa Fe Goes Diesel

Besides standard 2.4-liter unit, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will come with a turbocharged alternative. Also petrol mill, a 2.0-liter drivetrain can produce more power. Drivers will know to appreciate extra 50 horses, at the cost of few miles in mpg rating.

Whatsoever, the star of the next season could be a diesel version. The third engine option for 2019 Santa Fe is a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder powertrain. Not all models will offer diesel drivetrain, but only these with three rows of seats. The unit is good for 200 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque. As for the base crossover, both diesel and turbo engine will use the same automatic transmission with eight gears.

Riding Quality

Engineers are not working only to improve engines. Many tiny details are making the entire system more functional. For the new SUV, fans will see revisited rear suspension. This feature will keep the ride height at the same level under heavy load. The all-wheel drive system is also improved. Now, with various modes, a driver can select power and torque distribution according to weather and road conditions.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is also good as well. Santa Fe’s new engine spends 17mpg in the city and 22 on the highway.

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy22 (Est) MPG
Cruising Range – City319.60 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City17 (Est) MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined19 (Est) MPG
Cruising Range – Hwy413.60 mi
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx18.8 gallons

Hyundai Santa Fe Towing Capacity and Trailering

Max Trailer Wt.5000 lbs
Max Tongue Wt.500 lbs
Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt.500 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5000 lbs

Hyundai Santa Fe Blue Hybrid

There will be one more model in the line up of the Santa Fe. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Blue Hybrid is same as a regular Santa Fe, the only engine will be different. This model will be hybrid that posses a 2.4-liter Theta four-cylinder engine. Also the six-speed automatic will be there with the 30kW electric motor.

The electric motor will make 40-hp power that churns out 151 lb-ft of torque. It comes with 270V lithium-polymer rechargeable battery that is used in Sonata Hybrid model. However, this combination will provide 38 mpg.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe side

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Cost

Approaching 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a slightly bigger price. Estimated price is around $31,000. Compared to its competitors, that is a little higher than Nissan Pathfinder but less than Honda Pilot EX.

However, the Santa Fe Limited starts with $36,000, and Ultimate Limited package with AWD included will cost $46,000. The release date is yet unknown. We could make a prediction and say the very beginning of the next year is the most realistic date.

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