Until now, a bigger brother was an example to a younger brother, but that’s definitely changing. As you can see, Hyundai’s flagship SUV has stolen the grille from the all-new Kona. But that’s not surprising at all because the small SUV looks really attractive.
But the completely redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t borrowing just the grille from the awesome Kona. No, the three-road SUV is also getting pretty much the same LED headlights and bumper, while the running lamps seem to be turned to the side.
That’s pretty much everything we can see from the testing vehicle. However, what we don’t see and was on board with the previous testing mule are the Recaro sports seats. The prototype has no that which is rather expected because the carmaker has no plan to add a high-performance version of the SUV.
However, on the other hand, they are definitely planning to add one more three-row option, yet this time with seating for eight passengers. The additional version will reportedly be named 2019 Grand Santa Fe, but that’s not official yet.
Anyway, the prototype also shows that there will a few additional inches between wheels, which should have a positive influence on both interior space and driving dynamic. Speaking of which, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe will probably get a few new options under the hood. The naturally-aspirated V6 will stay one of the options, but it should deliver more power and better efficiency. Some rumors indicate that the carmaker currently works on a new turbo four, which will make the debut with the redesigned Santa Fe. However, that’s everything we heard about it. On the other hand, we’ve also found out that the mid-size SUV should get a plug-in hybrid option, as well as a diesel for markets outside of North America. Most of the options will come in a pair with front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive will stay optional.
The next generation Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive in the second half of 2018, which is giving us plenty of time to found out more information about it, so stay tuned for updates.