It's making its North American debut at the New York Auto Show.

For what it’s worth, we already know pretty much all there is to know about the new Santa Fe. Hyundai officially pulled the sheet off of its latest SUV back in February, and less than a month later, we were in South Korea driving it. Still, the Santa Fe’s North American debut in New York is an important one – and alongside all the details the company already dished out at launch, there are some new things to take note of for the American market.

For one, the new Santa Fe is larger. The wheelbase grows to 108.9 inches (276.61 centimeters), while the body stretches out to 187.8 inches. Those numbers represent a significant growth of 2.6 inches in the wheelbase over the outgoing model (106.3 inches / 270 centimeters), and 2.8 inches overall (185 inches / 469.9 centimeters). All that extra length gives way to more cargo room, naturally, with a robust 110.7 cubic feet (3,134.7 liters) of cargo room available versus the 108 cubic feet (3,058 liters) found in the outgoing model.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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It has a new name, too. Hyundai has dropped the Sport designation entirely from its range. The new model will simply be called the Santa Fe, and the current long-wheelbase, three-row, seven-passenger version will remain on sale for 2019, and will be called the Santa Fe XL. After 2019, an all-new three-row model SUV will be introduced with a different name.

Underhood, three different engine options for the Santa Fe – both gas and diesel – will be available to buyers. Starting off with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine, that unit delivers 185 horsepower (137 kilowatts). A more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 235 hp (175 kW), and a 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel produces 190 hp (141 kW) and 322 pound-feet (436 Newton-meters) of torque. All engines come mated to the same eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is said to be lighter and more efficient than the six-speed that it replaces.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

All that newfound power comes paired to an HTRAC all-wheel-drive setup that uses a multi-mode system, allowing drivers to cycle between Normal, Sport, and Smart settings. The latter was designed for tougher weather conditions like snow and rain, putting power down more efficiently at each wheel, while Sport mode sends more torque to the rear wheels giving the Santa Fe a more agile feel overall.

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In the cabin, the 2019 Santa Fe comes loaded with tech. A 7.0-inch infotainment system with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. Higher trim levels gain Hyundai’s new AVN 5.0 navigation system, and a Qi wireless charging system can be had as an option. There’s even an available 8.5-inch head-up display that displays information like speed, cruise control status, navigation, blind spot collision warning, forward collision warning, speed limited, and audio selections.

The new Santa Fe will make its North American debut at the New York Auto Show, but Hyundai hasn’t released any details on pricing or availability. We expect to see the new Santa Fe on sale in just a few months.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai Motor America today unveiled the all-new 2019 Santa Fe SUV for the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success offering an all-new family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting-edge technologies and bold exterior looks.

The all-new Santa Fe and Santa Fe Diesel are the third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020. Both models are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort. 

Naming

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. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easier access to the third row. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel. 

A Bold New Look   

   The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic body that makes a statement from 100 feet away. It’s a bold look that is enhanced by refined lines that reinforce the vehicle’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.

The profile of the Santa Fe features a dynamic character line that goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights and a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround that provides a sleek impression along with better visibility. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels communicate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape. 

Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure

      The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a roomy layout featuring a strong horizontal design theme and enhanced visibility. Premium touches such as the layered, three-dimensional instrument panel and contrasting seat stitching ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin. The Santa Fe’s larger DLO enhances the interior’s feeling of openness with generous amounts of natural light.

The driver will also see several improvements including:

  • The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare
  • The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room
  • The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom
  • Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased

Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling 

Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.

An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height even while towing or carrying heavier cargo. This system allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.

Safety Features

Hyundai’s Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up, the system can not only warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.

Additional safety features include Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.

The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and, most importantly, the doors remain locked.

Interior Space and Visibility

Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more cargo room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded. In addition to more cargo space, second-row leg room has also been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point distance between the first and second rows has also been increased and the floor has been lowered for even more second-row comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.

Volume Comparisons

(Cubic Feet)

2018 Santa Fe Sport

2019 Santa Fe

2018 Tucson

Passenger Volume

108.0

110.7 (2-row)

139.1 (3-row)

102.2

Total Interior Volume

143.4

147.3 (2-row)

150.7 (3-row)

133.2

Cargo – Behind FR seats

71.5

71.3 (2-row)
70.7 (3-row)

61.9

Cargo – Behind 2nd row

35.4

35.9 (2-row)
35.9 (3-row)

31.0

Cargo – Behind 3rd row

-

11.6

-

Head Room

39.6 / 39.1 / -

40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1

39.6 / 39.2

Leg Room (7P)

41.3 / 39.4 / -

41.3 / 40.9 (39.4) / 29.4

41.5 / 38.2

Shoulder Room

59.4 / 58.3 / -

59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9

57.1 / 55.5

Hip Room

56.7 / 55.4 / -

57.5 / 56.3 / 61.7

55.6 / 54.5

 

Exterior Dimensions

The new Santa Fe’s exterior has also grown in size, giving the vehicle even more presence. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.

(Inches)

2018 Santa Fe Sport

2019 Santa Fe

2018 Tucson

Length

185.0

187.8

176.2

Width

74.0

74.4

72.8

Height (w/ side rails)

66.1 (66.5)

66.1 (67.1)

64.8 (65.0)

Wheelbase

106.3

108.9

105.1

 

Visibility has also been emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.

Powertrains

The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with 190 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 322 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. 

 

Theta II 2.4L/GDI

Theta II 2.0T/GDI

R2.2 CRDi (diesel)

HP

185 @ 6000 RPM

235 @ 6000 RPM

190 @ 3800 RPM

Torque

178 @ 4000 RPM

260 @ 1450-3500 RPM

322 @ 1750-2500 RPM

 

New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize friction loss.

HTRAC Advanced AWD System

The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

Infotainment and Sound Systems

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 640-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.

Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control can automatically adjust the audio volume up or down based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This prevents the system from increasing volume further once road noise has been overcome.

BLUE LINK® Connected Car System

Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:

  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings

More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. The feature uses a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display and features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility.