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All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed With A Bold New Look

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Theresa Hayes | 23 February, 2018, 01:41

As expected, the newest Santa Fe comes with a full complement of safety features, including forward collision-avoidance assist, blind spot collision warning and lane keeping assist.

In profile, the Santa Fe has a dynamic character line that goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights and larger A-pillar and C-pillar window openings to provide better visibility for front- and rear-seat passengers. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2019 Santa Fe has a longer wheelbase at 108.9 inches compared to 106.3 inches.

It's unclear if a diesel engine introduced overseas for the Santa Fe will make it stateside: Trainor initially told us he wouldn't confirm the diesel option, but Automotive News reports the diesel is coming - a move that would mark Hyundai's first USA diesel engine.

As you can see from the images, the new Santa Fe now shares its "look" with the smaller Kona, getting twin headlights (LED main and LED DRLs) and the brand's new-look cascading grille. Indeed, Hyundai claims there's more head and legroom in the back with stadium style seating improving the view of those in the back seat. This is the new look for Hyundai's SUVs and we've already been given a taste with the Kona subcompact. The Santa Fe is a big deal for Hyundai as the brand's best-selling vehicle with over 1.5 million units sold in the U.S. alone. Smart cruise with stop and go is available and a driver attention warning system.

The second new safety feature is "safe exit assist", which prevents the doors on that side from opening if there is a vehicle, a motorcycle, a bicycle or even a pedestrian approaching from behind. By selecting the Sport mode, the system gives you a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels. In slippery conditions the system automatically distributes power to all four wheels automatically. Nonetheless, why not offer a third-row with a gasoline engine? All engines are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the six-speed in the current model. Hyundai said its aim with the ride and handling "was to improve responsiveness and vehicle stability while also enhancing comfort and overall quietness". Extra sound deadening has been placed in the floor to reduce the amount of road noise leaking into the cabin.

The automaker did not reveal a trim-level structure for the US, however, so it's unclear if Hyundai Smart Sense will be standard or optional when the Santa Fe hits dealerships here.

As one expects in today's market, the new Santa Fe has been packed with technology features. Wireless smartphone charging, Infinity premium audio and a head-up display are optional. The Santa Fe XL comes with a 3.3-liter V-6, with other details TBD.