There's a lot to love about the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. The brand performed enough minor surgery to keep it fresh, and we consider it one of the better crossovers out there in terms of looks, amenities, and overall quality. But it's time that Hyundai upped its crossover game, especially since they just introduced the new Kona and also redesigned the Tucson two years ago. The new Santa Fe looks fantastic, as far as we can tell.
The renderings of the upcoming 2019 Santa Fe have been daring, but we didn't think the actual vehicle would turn out as bold as it did in the new image released by the brand. It's even more daring than the Nexo fuel cell vehicle that just performed masterfully on a long and very quick autonomous drive.
The fascia is way bolder than the 2018 model, and the cascading grille is big and gets a new mesh pattern that's pretty original. There's a big winged chrome bar that undercuts the upper light cluster (probably the driving lights) and frames the top of the grille. The vertical light clusters on the lower fascia might actually be the headlights, similar to the setup on the new Kona (and last year's Jeep Cherokee). The look of the front fascia is certainly more prominent than what we can see of the rest of the vehicle.
It hasn't been disclosed as to which model this is, the Santa Fe (7-passenger) or Santa Fe Sport (5-passenger), and to make things even more confusing, the one in the lead photo measures smack in the middle of the length and width of the 2018 7 and 5 passenger versions.
The interior is also just as different from the 2018 model as the exterior is. It appears much more upscale. The infotainment screen sits atop the dash instead of in the center console unit, and the aesthetic seems much more Kia-like, which is a good thing. The seats also look more upscale with a split
There's no real detail about the engines, but Hyundai's Korean website intimates that there will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas model, There are also a couple of diesel mills that won't make it here. No word on a V6, but we're guessing the 7-passenger will get one as an option on higher trims like the current model. More info is forthcoming from the brand, but the full unveiling will be at the New York Auto Show this spring.