South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled the next-gen Santa Fe SUV. The SUV officially made its global debut at the company's Motorstudio Goyang in Seoul, South Korea. The upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe will now get a three-row, seven-seater option. Apart from this, the SUV will also feature a turbo-diesel engine along with a host of exterior, interior and safety features. However, the Indian launch date has not been confirmed yet, but the upcoming Santa Fe is all set to be launched in the US market by the summer of 2018 and can be expected to be launched in India by 2019.
Talking about the updates, under the hood, the next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe will come with the choice of three engines and each will be a four cylinder motor. This includes a 2.4-litre GDI petrol engine with the power output of 185 bhp and 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine churning out 232 bhp along with the new 2.2-litre CRDi turbocharged diesel engine capable of making around 200 bhp. The transmission duties will be carried out by an 8-speed automatic torque converter as standard with all the engines. According to Hyundai, the gearbox is lighter and more efficient than the outgoing 6-speed gearbox. Apart from this, Hyundai will also offer its HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) unit equipped with a multi-mode system that comes with driver-selectable Normal, Sport and Smart modes with the upcoming Santa Fe.
The SUV in its next-generation will be bigger in size as compared to the current model. The next-gen Santa Fe will now measure about 4750 mm in length, 1879mm in width, and an increased wheelbase of 2766 mm. In terms of design and styling, the upcoming SUV will get Hyundai's signature cascading grille with composite lightings like the Kona comprising LED daytime running lights positioned on top of the twin LED headlights as individual units along with strong character lines, flared wheel arches, a stylish set of alloy wheels at the sides as well as a set of new sharper LED taillamps, a new tailgate and a new rear bumper with silver skid plate and twin chrome-tipped exhaust at the rear completes the overall look of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
At the inside, the upcoming Santa Fe will now get a new touchscreen infotainment system buttons and dials on either side, below we have the central air-con vents, and the automatic climate control other in-car controls and dials placed below it replacing the old dashboard as well as a new three-part instrument cluster and a multi-functional steering wheel as standard while the top-end variants will also get a touchscreen display with Hyundai's latest AVN 5.0 navigation system instead of the standard 7-inch user interface to be available with the base variants. Both the AVN 5.0 navigation system as well as the 7-inch infotainment system will be equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include a Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) that projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield.
In terms of safety features, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will come with a host of advanced safety features such as forward collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, safe exit assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, rear view monitor with parking guidance, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist and a lot more.
Although, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will be available both in five-seater and seven-seater option as well as a long-wheelbase version named as Santa Fe XL, but the diesel engine will now only be available with the seven-seater variant. Also, Hyundai has dropped the Santa Fe Sport badge and the standard five-seater model will be called just Santa Fe. According to the reports, Hyundai is also working on the development of a three-row, eight-seater version of the Santa Fe SUV with an all-new name.
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