The 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March is set to debut the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV. Until now, Hyundai has only released sneak previews of the redesign first seen on the Hyundai Kona but a recent sighting gave a glimpse of what’s to come. The Santa Fe is only getting bigger and bolder with each generation and it continues to impress.
Safety first certainly springs to mind as much has been said about their latest, most advanced active safety technology. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will feature Rear Occupant Alert, which works similarly to General Motors’ Rear Seat Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic alert with a new autonomous braking system that works in reverse.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Specifications and Features
Keeping up with industry standards and expectations, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers something for everyone. A five-seater model will feature Hyundai’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.3-litre V6 for the bigger seven-seater. In addition, the V6 will likely receive a new eight-speed transmission from the Sorento. Adding to Hyundai’s drive for electrification, expect the automaker to introduce a hydrogen hybrid in the near future. Diesel configurations should also be available outside North America but no confirmation yet.
Based on the released sketches alone, the exterior looks a thing of beauty. The split headlight design, narrow daytime running lights and large headlamps make their way from the Kona with an all-new cascading grille at the front and redesigned taillights, a new bumper, and dual mufflers at the back.
The Hyundai Santa Fe also features door-mounted side mirrors, a sharply angled rear window, LED tail lights, sizeable quarter windows and slim D-pillars for increased visibility. The sculpted sheet metal is similar to the Tucson compact crossover further emphasized by the eye-catching creases along the sides and bright aluminium panels toward the bottom. While the initial rendering shows large, square-shaped wheel arches, the proportions are likely to be scaled down when the mid-size SUV is revealed.
It’s no easy feat creating an interior to match the modern, sleek exterior but a longer wheelbase means more space for the rear passengers and increased boot capacity compared to the current model. The Geneva Motor Show will certainly reveal more and along with all the safety features, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will likely house all the bells and whistles you’d find in a modern mid-size SUV. Hyundai hasn’t indicated a timeline yet but it could go on sale before the end of 2018. Whether that timeline will include South Africa…we will just have to wait and see!