NEW YORK – Hyundai has unveiled the all-new 2019 Santa Fe at the New York Auto Show, the fourth generation of the company’s popular sport utility vehicle.
The biggest news is that in addition to gasoline engines, the new Santa Fe will also offer a diesel engine, along with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
In Canada, the Santa Fe will come with a 2.4L naturally aspirated, direct-injection engine making 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque; a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder making 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque; and the new 2.2L turbodiesel, delivering 190 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque starting at 1,750 rpm.
The Santa Fe’s all-wheel-drive system, developed in-house by Hyundai, provides variable torque depending on vehicle speed and tire traction. In Sport mode, up to 50 per cent of power goes to the rear on acceleration, while Eco mode is primarily front-wheel drive and Comfort adjusts to 35 per cent power to the rear. An available load-levelling suspension automatically adjusts the ride height whenever the vehicle is loaded.
The Santa Fe was first launched in 2000. The latest generation uses Hyundai’s new styling that will spread to the rest of its SUV family. The company says the larger rear quarter glass increases visibility.
Inside, the third row is easier to access thanks to one-touch folding second-row seats. Third-row headroom is increased, as is the luggage capacity.
Safety features include rear cross-traffic alert that automatically brakes if necessary to avoid a collision, and a rear occupant alert that warns if a child has inadvertently been left in the vehicle. There’s also a Safety Exit Assist that senses if vehicles are approaching from behind. If so, the doors temporarily lock before being opened, to prevent passengers from getting out into moving traffic.
The new Santa Fe also includes the first use of a full head-up display in a Hyundai SUV; wireless inductive device charging; an optional eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; and rearview camera with trailer view when towing.
The 2019 Santa Fe goes in sale in Canada in late summer of 2018, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.