Hyundai Motor has celebrated the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe in Goyang city, in the northern outskirts of Seoul. Building on the success of its predecessors, the all-new 2019 Santa Fe combines Hyundai’s latest high-tech features with an intuitive spacious interior.
The new generation Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to delivering vehicles that feature world-class innovation and design. The all-new Santa Fe will start production from the second quarter of 2018 and will go on sale globally throughout this year.
“The fourth-generation Santa Fe continues the model’s global success story. The first Santa Fe is the foundation of Hyundai Motor’s SUV heritage,” said Byung Kwon Rim, Executive Vice President at Hyundai Motor Company. “Hyundai truly cares about the customer’s well-being. We offer innovative and unique active safety features and class-leading roominess for extra comfort.”
Since the launch of the first Santa Fe in 2000, Hyundai has become an established brand in the SUV segment. It is the cornerstone of Hyundai’s longstanding SUV heritage and the fourth-generation Santa Fe will continue to impress customers with its premium design, spacious interior and its advanced technology.
The design of the fourth-generation Santa Fe connects with Hyundai’s SUV family design identity. It displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching Composite Light and Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille. The exterior design is characterised by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. Its refined lines reinforce the vehicle’s status at the top of Hyundai’s SUV lineup.
The front introduces the Cascading Grille that is complemented by the Composite Light – a design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The dynamic character of the side is enhanced by a sleek roofline and a bold side character line running from the headlights to the taillights. The rear creates a confident and stable stance with unique tail lights and a striking bumper design.
The exterior dimensions make the Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 4,770 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a longer wheelbase of 2,765 mm, the Santa Fe has an even stronger stance on the road and provides more comfort for its passengers.
The Santa Fe has a refined and ergonomic interior architecture. The stunning relationship between design and functionality combines premium quality with a roomy horizontal layout and enhanced visibility. The visibility to the rear is improved by the larger rear quarter glass, which was increased by 41 percent compared to the previous generation model.
Drivers and front passengers will enjoy the support of the electric extendable seat cushions offering 10 different positions.
The new Santa Fe increases comfort for passengers in the second- and third-row seats, even for adults. In the second row, legroom is increased by 38 mm and the seat is 18 mm higher. The new one-touch folding seats ease passenger access to third-row seats. Headroom in the third row has also been improved by 22 mm.
Luggage capacity is also increased offering flexibility for everyday needs.
Industry-first safety technologies
Hyundai truly cares about the customer’s well-being. To comply with the highest safety standards, the fourth-generation Santa Fe offers a best-in-class safety package and industry-first safety features. All features are part of Hyundai SmartSense™ active safety and driving assistance technologies.
The innovative Rear Occupant Alert monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alert the driver that there are still passengers in the rear seat when leaving the car.
The Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is also a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles are approaching from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.
The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents by sensing when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors before being opened, so that passengers can exit the car safely.
Variable torque control with HTRAC
The Hyundai in-house-developed HTRAC is based on four-wheel drive technology that variably controls the power of the wheels. The name is a combination of the H from Hyundai and the first part of the word “traction”. The HTRAC variable torque control enables agile handling and better torque application depending on the wheel grip and the speed of vehicle.
In combination with the drive modes, HTRAC improves acceleration, stability and fuel efficiency. The system increases traction on snow, gravel and on regular road surfaces while enhancing cornering performance. The ratio of torque distribution is changed with the drive modes and displayed in the cluster.
In sport mode, HTRAC delivers improved acceleration with up to 50 percent torque distributed to the rear wheels. In comfort mode, it offers improved stability with up to 35 percent torque distributed to the rear wheels. In eco mode, HTRAC provides improved fuel efficiency by sending power mainly to the front wheels. In slippery conditions the system automatically distributes power to all four wheels automatically.