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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Redesign Info, Pricing, Release Date, Photos

, Automotive Editor - March 07, 2018

Model Preview

After some speculation as to when it would officially receive its complete redesign, the Santa Fe finally showed its face, confirming it would be all new for 2019. On top of its full redesign, Hyundai will simplify the vehicle's naming system.

In terms of looks, it appears as if the Kona wasn’t a one-off wild child and instead was the basis for Hyundai’s new design language, as the 2019 Santa Fe draws heavily from it. Notable styling cues are its thin LED headlights with chrome underscores that cross over the cascading six-sided grille, its large LED fog lights, and the hard angles throughout. In addition to its new look, the Santa Fe is significantly larger than the current model in virtually every way.

Inside, the Santa Fe lineup will continue with its five- and seven-passenger setups, but it will also gain a new eight-passenger configuration for 2019. The cabin boasts a horizontal theme, which adds some visual width to the interior, the 3D instrument panel adds depth, the infotainment screen has been pitched more toward the driver, the door-mounted switches and handles have been moved to make room for elbows, and nearly all the measurable dimensions -- from cargo room to rear leg room -- have been enhanced. The only shrinkage of note was a 0.3-inch drop in front shoulder room.

Under its hood, the Santa Fe will offer a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower. Next up is the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged unit, although output will fall to 232 (an 8-hp drop), which is likely in the interest of fuel economy.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

The new kid on the block will be a 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder with 200 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque. All three engine options will pair with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission and will have available all-wheel drive.

Both the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport received the Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. Our expectation is that the 2019 Santa Fe lineup will deliver the same.

What’s more, this level of safety will likely come standard, as the 2019 Santa Fe’s list of standard features includes auto high beams, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, 360-degree camera, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

The exact release date for the 2019 Santa Fe is still unknown, but we should see it by the end of 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect it to shift a bit due to the restructuring of the lineup and its naming.

This restructuring will include the elimination of the Santa Fe Sport, which will now be known as the Santa Fe. The long-wheelbase, seven-passenger model will become the Santa Fe XL.

For reference, the 2018 Santa Fe lineup’s MSRP ranges from $25,930 for the Sport to $42,280 for the range-topping six-passenger model.

The Santa Fe’s competition will include the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Equinox, and Toyota Highlander.

Learn about the current Santa Fe on sale now »

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Pictured: 2019 Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

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