We’ve already seen the fourth generation of the popular SUV in official images – but those depicted the local South Korean version – we now have the scoop on all the details and photos of the global model, ready to make the trip to America first and foremost.
The new generation arrives with a new naming scheme, the base five-seat model becoming simply the Santa Fe instead of the predecessor’s Santa Fe Sport name. Coming out a bit later, the long-wheelbase, seven-passenger version will be redubbed to the Santa Fe XL. In addition, including for the United States market, the Santa Fe will be offered with a new 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with an estimated 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and 320 pound-feet (434 Newton-meters). Dimensional increases – the wheelbase is now 108.9 inches (276.61 centimeters), versus 106.3 inches (270 cm), overall length is now 187.8 inches (477.01 cm), not 185 inches (469.9 cm) as before – and passenger volume is also up to 110.7 cubic feet (3,134.7 liters) – a slight uptick of the predecessor’s 108 cubic feet (3,058 liters).
Naturally, besides the new diesel, Santa Fe buyers in America have a choice of gasoline powertrains – the standard unit is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an estimated 185 hp (138 kW), and there’s also a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an expected power of 232 hp (173 kW). All versions gain a newly developed eight-speed automatic, linked to a smart all-wheel-drive system with Normal, Sport, and Smart settings. Design wise the global version is not different from the home-brewed model, and inside the Santa Fe adopts a new, cleaner look. There’s a standard 7-inch user interface, packing from the get go Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with higher trims getting Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system as well as the Qi wireless charging pad and the Blue Link Connected Car System, along with an 8.5-inch Heads-Up Display (HUD).