This is the second time we see a prototype of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, yet this time, the testing model shows more interesting details that before. The camouflage is still very massive, but we can anticipate what’s happening beneath.
The most noticeable changes are visible on the front end, which sports a pair of redesigned headlamps plus slip LED lights a little bit below. In contrast to today’s model that features a signature horizontal-bar grille, the fourth-generation Santa Fe will get the honeycomb design. Around back, the redesigned mid-size crossover shows new LED taillights and totally new chromed dual exhaust tips. The new profile reveals what’s the carmaker tries to do. Aside it’s going to have a little bit longer wheelbase than before, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will also look more dynamic. Yes, the side spy shots suggest that the high-riding vehicle appears to be inspired by the upcoming Kona subcompact. We are not a hundred percent sure, yet the testing model seems to be bigger from the current predecessor. More precisely, it sports a few additional inches in the length and wider face.
Judging by the latest reports, the 2019 Santa Fe will make some important changes under the hood as well. The future model will use an iniline-4 unit and several V6 gasoline options. That won’t be all because Hyundai plans to add a new oil-burner as well. It will be a familiar 2.2-liter CRDi diesel engine, which was introduced with the handsome Kia Stinger. The mill will deliver 197 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, and what’s more important, very impressive fuel economy. Speaking of the efficiency, all engine options will get rid of the today’s six-speed Shiftronic auto in favor of a more fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. There is also a plug-in hybrid in the works, but we have no more precise information about it.
Stay tuned for updates.