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.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz to Finally get a Production Date

Emerging news about a production version 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz truck have spawned a lot of debates and stories which are all peculiar. Actually oF all of them are true. But there is some truth within all the assumptions and estimations that people are making.

The Santa Cruz pickup truck should be the first Hyundai based mid-size pickup truck that they are planning for the lifestyle segment.

The concept for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz actually showcased a few years ago at the Detroit Motor Show. Everybody viewed this as Hyundai merely making a study for some of their future vehicles. However, no one actually believes that this idea would really become a production model in the first place.

Now we have more confirmation of them building the crossover truck. So we are ever so exasperated to hear it. And we are puzzled at the same time.

In order for this idea to become true, Hyundai has to figure out many technical things. One of them is the place where they might build this vehicle. They are aiming the US market as their primary foothold. So there are many possibilities that they will make the truck in the plant at Montgomery, Alabama.

This is the primary choice. However there is a possibility that the truck gets to be assembled at the Kia factory in Mexico. There are even talks of them actually making it in Korea and shipping them off to the needed markets, but that is a whole different story.

So as all of these emerging news are actually giving us more things to believe in, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz might actually become a reality before we realize it.

When is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz expected to Debut?

For now this is probably the part about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz which we have the least of information. They are keeping this a secret and they are merely hinting on the model being built. But we think that they will offer an announcement and at least bring more evidence at the forthcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

They might not reveal the exact release date. However they will probably make an official announcement of the model so we at least know that it is in production. If things pan out as we hope they would, we will be getting some spy photos soon after that. This will probably result in a release date scheduled for some time on 2019.

Why is the Release of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz so Important?

The addition of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an important prospect for the company. Adding the midsize-pickup truck to its range of vehicles would increase the versatility that the company is proposing. In addition, it will allow them to expand.

They are already selling 100,000 units per year. And they have managed to continue the trend for a period of about 10 years already. However the pickup truck segment is the new field. And it would be nice for them to start planning a star model here. Enter the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz.

It could be extremely hard to break into the US market. Only a handful of models have done so. In the past not many models coming from Asia have broken the overtly domestic market of pickup trucks.

The best, and also as some see it the only, example is the Honda Ridgeline which only managed to make a breakthrough with the introduction of the Ridgeline. All past attempts were considered as failures. So making the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is extremely important for the company and its success will define how the company decides to treat the segment in the future.

Changes for the Design of the Car

The design of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will mainly be based on the concept vehicle which debuted in 2015. But there are going to be some changes which make this version a production ready car and also a more modern model.

The changes which we think are going to happen include the change from half doors to full-size doors. But the silhouette of the car is going to be kept and the model will have the same kind of a design. As far as the platform goes, we are probably going to see the Santa Cruz ride on the same unibidy platform that the Tuscon model uses. It would be quite good to see this made.

Still no News about the Engine of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Probably the part everyone wants to know about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the engine. Unfortunately we are not going to get any news right now and these will probably appear after the official announcement is made.

Rumor has it that the company is developing a Genesis-based engine. They also say that this one will be used for the US-spec models. This would probably include a newly developed four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. But we do not know how much power it would hold. For now the information about the specs is still scarce.

Competition Vehicles

If the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz makes its debut according to plans, it will have a tough time in the US market adapting. The midsize pickup segment is not an easy one if we look at what they already have in America. The models that have appeared in recent years cannot be easily disregarded.

Although other Hyundai models have been doing pretty well here, historically speaking lifestyle pickups are not a thing which attract so much attention. One of the few which managed to succeed is the Honda Ridgeline model which has an established basis already.

If Hyundai wants to make an impact with their Santa Cruz model then they have to start thinking about using the formula that has already worked for the brands which are already established. Or if they want to be unique, then be as imaginative as possible in order to trump the other ones.

The road to success is not going to be an easy one for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz as Honda has come out recently with their 2017 Ridgeline update, so the popularity of this car is not dissipating any time soon.

Additionally, Tesla and Mercedes have also confirmed their entrance in the segment with potential vehicles coming out in the near future. This will greatly hamper the progress of the Santa Cruz pickup. So it is perhaps the best time for them to enter the market with their offer.

Expected Price Range for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz

The potential price of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz should be somewhere around $25,000 as a start. There is still no way to confirm this. But we are basing our estimation on the currently available stats on the market. If the model comes out with an AWD system and all the amenities and the pieces we expect it to have, it is an appropriate price.

It actually makes it a whole 5,000 dollars more expensive compared to the Colorado model. But would make it 5,000 dollars cheaper than the Ridgeline, its primary rival in the segment. Their goal is to sell as much as 50,000 units for starters. With that number increasing for 20,000 units more after that.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Release Date and Info

With a peppy and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, hush ride, adult-friendly backseat, heat-turning exterior style, and advanced safety features galore. The new 2017 Hyundai Tucson will certainly be a favorite in the compact crossover segment. Its date of release should be expected in March 2017, according to various online sources.

2017 Hyundai Tucson front view, blue color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

The Tucson’s redesign is evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary one as it comes riding on a new platform known as “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language. Don’t bowl over with excitement just yet, the new underpinning is just an outgrowth of the previous one and nothing much has changed inside.

2017 Hyundai Tucson side view, exterior, silver color, alloy wheels

Although the new 2017 Tucson comes with subtle changes riding on the new platform, it will feature a fuel-sipping engine, cutting-edge technology, and spacious interior. Interior wise, adults will find the backseat very convenient as it provides enough leg-and headroom unlike the previous model’s cramped backseat. The cargo volume has also improved.

2017 Hyundai Tucson rear view, taillights, alloy wheels, red color

New features that will be available for the Tucson include frontal collision intervention system, an upgraded 8-inch display, lane-departure warning system, LED headlights, and blind-spot monitoring. Lest you conclude the new Tucson is faultless, there are a few areas which we think should have been addressed better – the SE comes with a lackluster engine, middling interior materials quality, and most upscale features are either offered on the Limited trim or are offered for an extra.

2017 Hyundai Tucson front view, auto show, exterior, headlights and grille

If you can’t live with that there is a plethora of alternatives to choose from. They include Hyundai’s own 2017 Santa Fe, 2017 Toyota RAV4, 2017 Mazda CX-3, 2017 Ford Escape, 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Honda HR-V. The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is, nonetheless, a compelling crossover that’s more revolutionary than you might think.

Trims Available – Hyundai Tucson

Four trims are available for the 2017 Hyundai Tucson: SE, Eco, Sport, and the Limited trim.

Interior Colors & Exterior Review – 2017 Hyundai Tucson

The base SE trim offers stain-resistant cloth upholstery, LED headlight accents, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, a six-speaker premium sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, privacy glass, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a rear spoiler, a trip computer, heated mirrors, and full power accessories.

2017 Hyundai Tucson steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

The Eco trim further adds an eight-way power driver seat, LED daytime running lights, roof rails, foglights, and a 1.6L turbocharged engine.

Upgrading to the Sport trim gets you a slew of safety features, a hands-free power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, and 19-inch wheels.

2017 Hyundai Tucson interior, front and rear leather seats

At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the Limited trim which throws in rear air vents, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics, an eight-speaker audio system, a navigation system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, additional soft-touch surfaces, automatic climate control (dual-zone), an auto-dimming rearview mirrors, upgraded interior trim, and a slew of safety features.

2017 Hyundai Tucson ruby wine, exterior, side view, alloy wheels, headlights

Some of the features available for the top-rated trim can also be equipped on the lower trims such as adaptive xenon headlights, lane-departure warning system, automatic braking, forward collision warning, heated rear seats, rear parking sensors, a color trip computer, an upgraded gauge cluster, and a panoramic sunroof/moonroof.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the SE trim is a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 164 hp and 151 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is then forwarded to either the standard front wheel drive of the optional all-wheel drive via the engine-mated six-speed automatic transmission system.

According to EPA statistics, the all-wheel drive model should be able to return 26/21/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 31/23/26 mpg with the front-wheel drive system.

2017 Hyundai Tucson engine

Generating 175 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft. of torque is a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine that comes under the hood of the Eco, Sport, and Limited trims. Transmitting the power to either the FWD or the optional AWD here is the seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission system.

With the front-wheel drive, EPA estimates for the 1.6L stand at 33/26/29 mpg, and 31/25/27 mpg with the all-wheel drive.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Price & Release Date

March 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Hyundai Tucson at least according to online sources. Planning to buy the 2017 Tucson? Well, the asking price will start at $22,700.  Check back for important details about its towing capacity and 0-60 mph acceleration, as they were unavailable at the time of this writing.

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