2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Will Feature New Design Language


The Santa Fe has been around since 2000, it was Hyundai’s first attempt at an SUV, and you’d have to say, it has worked well for them. This next gen Santa Fe goes head to head with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorrento and Toyota Highlander; all very good choices. In 2008, the Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded the Consumer Choices ‘Top Pick’ and it’s never really been out of the top sellers list ever since.

We’ve already seen the 2019 model year Hyundai Santa Fe being tested on the public roads of Sweden, albeit heavily camouflaged, so we know that the release date is coming up fairly shortly. We’d expect to see the new model being debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show in April, with full roll out to dealerships later that year, expect to see around August. Hyundai have confirmed nothing regarding the pricing for the new Santa Fe, but the current pricing starts in the region of $30,000 for the base model, so it has to be within that ballpark figure to compete; anything more and they’ll price themselves out of the market.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Refreshed Design

It’s quite difficult to see the changes under all the camouflage, in particular, at the rear where the camouflage seems most heavy – this is where we’d expect to see most changes, purely because that’s what Hyundai have gone to greater lengths to cover up.

However, we can see small detail changes which leads us to believe that the new Hyundai Santa Fe redesign 2019 isn’t going to be revolutionary; the side mirrors have been moved from the bottom of the A pillar to the doors, the grille looks to be the same as the one debuting on the 2018 Elantra GT, which gives a ‘cascade’ effect and the front lights have been split into two; the daytime running lights (LED strip) at the top, while the conventional lamps are stacked vertically underneath them.

Santa Fe Sport 2019

Santa Fe Sport changes is likely to include the same set of features as today’s SUV: redesigned L-pillar, less length, different rear optics and front bumper design. Trim levels would be a bit different as well, the Sport version likely to have only 4-cylinder engines.

Santa Fe 2019 Engines Are Likely To Stay The Same

We’re pretty sure that Hyundai will be keeping the same motor choices, both for the Santa Fe and the Sport, which should mean the regular Santa Fe keeps the naturally aspirated V6, driving the front wheels as standard, with an all-wheel drive version as an option. Given that we are at least a year away from release, we also think that Hyundai will be equipping the new model with lots of tech; expect the usual array of safety equipment and in car entertainment.

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The next Santa Fe is likely to keep engine range, but the appearance of the SUV might be refreshed.

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