march 30, 2018

The All-New 2019 Santa Fe Makes its United States Debut at the New York International Auto Show

NEW YORK, Mar. 28, 2018 – #Hyundai Motor America today unveiled the all-new 2019 Santa Fe #SUV for the U.S. market at the #newyork 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.


Further information in the press release to download