Hyundai’s mid-size SUV is finally getting a complete makeover. We know that because we just spotted the first testing model while it was playing in cold and snowy Sweden. The car manufacturer drove out the bigger three-row model on snow, but we are pretty much sure that they are working on the smaller five-seat version as well. Both models, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2019 Santa Fe Sport will be introduced sometime next year.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Exterior Changes
The interesting prototype features some new details in the front and rear. Still, we can’t see what’s new around back because the carmaker wrapped it with some extra camouflage. On the other hand, the new front-end styling sports Hyundai’s latest cascading grille, which was introduced on the 2018 Elantra GT for the first time. The SUV is also adopting an all-new headlight design. As you probably see, the manufacturer splits them, so the daytime running lights now sit lower. The new bumper is heavily camouflaged, yet it appears to be more massive than earlier. It also gets a significantly bigger air intake. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will likely adopt a redesigned roof and perhaps different A- and B-pillars when the carmaker introduces the production-ready model.
More Space Inside
Today’s Santa Fe offers one of the most spacious interiors in the segment, but the new generation Hyundai’s mid-size SUV could become a true class-leader. This is because the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe definitely gets a few additional inches in the length, stretched wheelbase, and most probably more pronounced rear hatch. This should likely enable some extra space for passengers and cargo as well. Of course, the interior won’t be only roomier. The car manufacturer will also add the latest tech and better quality materials.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Is Also Coming
The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe won’t get an all-new platform. They will upgrade the existing one, so the mid-size SUV should feature improved driving dynamic, fewer pounds, and likely a hybrid powertrain. Yes, the carmaker will definitely add a hybrid, but we can’t say anything more at the moment. As for the regular, gasoline models, they should keep their existing options, which might be boosted a bit. The 2019 Santa Fe should continue to use a naturally-aspirated V-6, while the next-generation Santa Fe Sport continues with its inline-4 unit.
Like we said, Hyundai’s totally redesigned Santa Fe will be introduced in 2018, which leaves more than enough time for updates. We expect to catch more testing models with less camouflage during this year.