Hyundai Teases Next-Generation 2019 Santa Fe
Family SUV Gets Modern Styling, Active Safety
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is on its way, according to the automaker, and with the news comes a teaser photo and a few key details of the family crossover.
Immediately obvious on the teaser photo is the next generation of Hyundai’s styling language, incorporating what looks like twin-element lighting up front, aping the smaller Hyundai Kona (which itself seemed to emulate the pre-facelift Jeep Cherokee KL). This two-tiered lighting system, where slim daytime running light LEDs are mounted up high and the primary headlights are mounted lower, could be a controversial move for the Santa Fe, which is one of Hyundai’s bestselling models.
However, offsetting the unusual lighting will be windswept styling that gives the Santa Fe a sense of motion. Rear-leaning front and rear fascias are tied together with crisp bodyside surfaces, recalling Audi somewhat with a strong shoulder line. Asymmetrical wheel openings provide something of a wedge shape to the Santa Fe.
Hyundai also touts the fourth-generation Santa Fe’s available safety features, including Rear Occupant Alert that monitors the rear seats to detect passengers, providing the driver with a warning when he or she leaves the car. Hyundai calls this feature “industry-first,” but how it differs from existing rear seat reminders remains to be seen. The Santa Fe will also get rear cross-traffic monitoring with an automated brake function, preventing collisions when reversing out of narrow spots with limited visibility.
The 2019 Santa Fe will be revealed in late February, just before its public debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in March.