In continuation of its crossover SUV lineup makeover, Hyundai held the US debut of the new Santa Fe at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Hyundai's best-selling crossover family wears sharper styling, updated engines and fresh technology offerings that we've been lucky enough to already experience first hand during a trip to Korea.
Compared with the outgoing Santa Fe, the four-generation model features a more aggressive look with a bolder cascading grille, LED light treatments and 19-inch wheels.
For power, the Sante Fe will offer three engines that include two gas four-cylinders and a turbocharged diesel. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque serves as the base powerplant, while more muscle is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 235 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist. Those looking for maximum torque will want to spring for the 2.2-liter turbodiesel four with 190 horsepower and 322 pound-feet.
All three engines will work with a new, in-house developed eight-speed automatic transmission that will be available with column-mounted paddle shifters.
The new Santa Fe and three-row Santa Fe XL will offer Hyundai's latest infotainment system featuring navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities on higher trim levels. Base vehicles will come equipped with a 7-inch interface that also offers CarPlay and Android Auto.
Audiophiles will be able to option out the Santa Fe with a premium surround sound audio system that includes 12 speakers and 11-channel amplifier. Juicing up the latest smart phones also won't be a problem with an available wireless charging pad.
The new Santa Fe lineup also features a hearty list of standard and optional safety equipment that includes forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, 360-degree camera, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
Look for the all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL to arrive in dealers this summer.