Photo of 2019 Santa Fe courtesy of Hyundai.

Photo of 2019 Santa Fe courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai's 2019 Santa Fe compact SUV will enter its fourth generation with new three-row diesel variant, more standard driver-assisting technologies, and a new eight-speed transmission, Hyundai announced.

Hyundai is also revamping the nomenclature of the model, by dropping the "Sport" designation for the smaller model. The former Santa Fe Sport will now be called the Santa Fe, and the former Santa Fe will be renamed as the Santa Fe XL to designate the longer wheelbase. The Santa Fe XL will offer three seating rows and seat eight passengers, while the Santa Fe will offer two rows and seat five. The Santa Fe XL will be available with a diesel engine.

The 2019 Santa Fe will measure 187.8 inches, which is 2.8 inches longer than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. It will add 0.4 inches in width (to 74.4 inches) and 2.6 inches (to 108.9 inches) to the wheelbase. Height remains unchanged.

The base model is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder that makes 185 horsepower. Hyundai will also offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (232 hp) and the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel that will make 200 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque. All engines will be paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicle comes with the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system with active torque control.

The SE trim will offer an array of driver-assisting features including high beam assist, forward collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera view for parking, and the Around View Monitor.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet