The First 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Test Mule Seen on Streets

You have probably not expected to see the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport model so soon. But as things are going right now, they are kind of a in a hurry to release their next-generation vehicle as fast as possible. This does not mean that they are going head over heels about this one. But it is simply saying that the model will debut its fourth-generation of vehicles which Hyundai is in need of.

The current generation has experienced a lack of a real SUV model to their lineup. And they planed to resolve that problem with the facelifted Santa Fe. This model came out in 2016 and first showed up at the Chicago show. But the test mules say that they are going to be more satisfied if they come up with an entirely redesigned version.

What Hyundai is not hiding at all is that they are going to incorporate some parts from the newly announced vehicles for the Santa Fe Sport. In fact, the latest Hyundai Kona model, which we expect to make its debut soon, will be the basis for the car.

The Santa Fe will borrow the majority of features. It will basically use the same design language.  The test mule does not unveil a lot. Nevertheless, as we are able to see, the model will also incorporate parts from the newest Hyundai GT. Particularly the front part of the car and the grille area.

The part which is still unknown is the engine part. Under the hood of the latest 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport we are expecting a few engine options. But it is more than likely that a it will have a comeback. Hyundai will probably look to transfer the current line of engines from the current trims. But we it is still unknown where they decide to update them and improve upon them. But if you ask us, this should go without questions and the makers will try to update the powertrain so they make a competitive car for the market.

The first batch of spy photos has certainly excited us and we were able to learn a lot about the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport but there is still a whole lot that we have to learn. We are going you our initial review where we have learned some recent news and received certain information but some new ones are supposed to come out as the camouflage comes down.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Expected?

The information about the release date cannot be officially confirmed. This is actually the exclusive info on 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and its next-gen models. We do know that the vehicle was in need for a change. And this will benefit the entire Hyundai lineup all-together. It was important for this car to change with times. The latest Hyundai design language will benefit the model and give it the edge it needs versus the rivals.

Based on the information that are available now it would appear that the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2019 will appear by late 2018, when we expect the first official showcasing to be done and also for the car to get started. After the official release date is done we can expect sales to start early in 2019.

What About the Price List?

The newest 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will gain its price tag as soon as some details have become established. It is still early stage  in the development for the new Santa Fe models. So we can’t determine the price. The prototype is the only thing that we have going for us. It only gives us a glimpse about the current situation happening for the vehicle but does not go into detail as far as the price is concerned.

The major thing is that it will certainly be higher compared to outgoing model. For reference, the Sport Santa Fe trim is currently sold for $ 26.245. Oher trims have a price of $30,800 for the SE version, the Ultimate is sold for $38,700, the Limited comes at a price of $34,950 while the Limited FWD Ultimate is priced $39,400. The AWD versions come all come from an added fee of $1,750.

Possible Exterior Redesign for the Newest 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

There are a number of things which are expected to be seen for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and its exterior design. First of all, the current model is a very handsome looking car and the third-gen cars made a real breakthrough when they came out and offered a completely new kind of a exterior design.

The fourth-gen will probably look to keep most of the good things and expand by offering some new elements which will make the car more handsome looking. The cues which are currently seen are taken from the recent Kona car, which is set to make its own separate debut but the one which will introduce the newest style that Hyundai has been working on for most of its future cars.

Design Changes

As for now most of the features are covered with camo for the Santa Fe Sport 2019, there are some discerning parts which we can make something out of. For example, the hood sits a bit taller compared to the last time and the headlights are moved a bit down. Instead of the headlights, the LED daytime running lights are going to be set. As for the grille design, it is obvious that it will be the same one as seen in the Hyundai Kona car.

The side view of the car showcases a lower beltline and there is a new body line that runs the course of it but has a much sharper feature. The rear door glass is set higher and the rear quarter glass is larger. Additionally, the mirrors have been lowered as well.

The rear part of the car actually has the largest amount of coverings, but we actually think that this part will change the least. The most that we expect here to differ are the taillights which are probably going to be sleeker and the lower corners of the car may also change. As far as everything else goes, it will probably retain the current look.

Interior and Updates on the Inside

The interior look of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is still largely a mystery. There have not been any pictures of the inside released, but we are hopeful to see some of them soon. But the interior will probably take a whole new aspect when it comes to the inside remodeling.

The latest redesign which the Santa Fe got did not do anything for the car. So we are very much hopeful that this vehicle is going to receive a large upgrade when it comes to the interior of the vehicle. But we are certain that an update will be made to significantly change the inside of the car.

We are mainly expecting a usual kind of an upgrade when it comes to releasing next-gen models. In this kind of a situation we always look to improvements in technology and upgrades in comfort. But what the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport needs to make is to change the appearance of the dash first.

It looks a little bit outdated and there is a clutter of buttons and controls on the dash. They will need to remove these. And we see an 8.0-inch touchscreen as the best way to help declutter everything. The new style will also make a lot of sense and will update the look of the dash and also help with the usage.

Other parts of the car will gain such changes as improved materials. The entirety of the inside will substitute the current materials and will improve upon them by adding new kinds and new types of softer and more quality ones. Expect these changes to take affect and that the comfort rates are addressed that way.


Drivetrain Assumptions

When it comes to the new drivetrain options for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the most realistic step is that the model continues to use the current version and simply updates it. It appears that Hyundai might do that for other Santa Fe trims. And it will simply give us an update which will probably address the specs. It will also make the ability of the car higher and better.

The current Santa Fe Sport has the same kind of an engine with a different displacement. It is the DOHC 16-valve inline-4 exists both as a 2.0-liter one and as a 2.4-liter version. The former has an output of 240 horsepower while the latter version has an output of 185 hp.

As for the base version goes, the car will probably carry over the 3.3-liter V-6 which is able to pack 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. Both of these two engines got a downgrade when it came to power with the last facelift. This could lead to them upping the performance a little bit and stepping up when it comes to the output.

One of the assumed additions is the transmission choice. The vehicle should receive a new seven-speed automatic, which could have its benefits but also its faults. When it comes to power it will not allow it to gain so much, so we might still have a similar performance as now. But it will benefit the fuel economy rating and also the towing capacity of the car.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

The specs for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will certainly change. As mentioned related to the engine, it will mostly take affect due to the engines. These will probably lose some power. And at the same time, probably take more time to accelerate. With the current version of the Santa Fe Sport models, drivers are able to experience a speed up to 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. However, this time may lag behind once they make the newest version of the car. But they are probably going to maintain the top speed of 133 mph that way.

Fuel Economy Improvements for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

One of the parts of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is that it will probably improve its fuel economy spending. The consumption is going to get lesser. This is mainly due to the changes that they are going to implement to the engines. Also, the new rumors about transmission is also something that will affect the fuel economy ratings a bit more. For reference sake, the current model uses 19 mpg within a city drive. At the same time, the highway consumption goes to 24 mpg. The stats will change. And as we see it, it will be fine to sacrifice a little bit of time to get the necessary fixtures to the fuel economy.

Competition Vehicles in the Segment

As far as the rivals list for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport goes, we are looking at a rather similar batch of models that appear here in the market. One of the more prolific models is the Honda CR-V model. This one is still going to hold up at the time the new Santa Fe hits the market. As far as we see it, the CR-V is rather similar to the current Santa Fe model. And with the updated version coming it might pose a far better option compared to the current CR-V. Another one is the Toyota RAV4 car.

Although this car has a sporty exterior and a very good looking design it is still currently four years old. The car will probably go through a mid-cycle facelift so it remains a competent vehicle in the compact SUV market. This might be a kind of an opposition which the 2019 Santa Fe Sport will need to crack. But the new-generation 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has lots to offer. And it will be a much more relevant car once it comes out. This car will certainly hold a higher position than all of its current rivals.

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