The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe wheelbase and length has been increased by 100mm and 160 respectively
Hyundai had unveiled the fourth-generation Santa Fe for the international markets in 2018. The Korean automaker has now unveiled the long-wheelbase version of the Santa Fe for the Chinese market.
The styling of the Chinese-spec Santa Fe largely resembles the global model. It features the signature split headlamp set-up and wide cascading grille. The most noticeable changes are given to the side profile, most prominent to the rear door onwards. The window line has been altered and is no longer swept-up, while the blacked-out rear pillar gives a wrap-around look to the rear windscreen. The tail-lamp design is also new and resembles the new Sonata sedan.
The vehicle gets new tailgate and new rear bumper, which gives it a more upright and boxy profile/ The wheelbase has been raised by 100mm to offer more space inside the cabin to accommodate 6 or 7 adults. The overall length has been increased by 160mm. Also See – Hyundai Venue compact SUV – All You Need to Know
Inside the cabin, the new Hyundai Santa Fe Long-wheelbase model gets new infotainment touchscreen display, a new gear selector and the updated centre console. Instead of the push button start, the new model gets Hyundai’s biometric authentication technology with a finger print sensor to start the engine. It also gets an ultrasonic-sensor-based system that alerts the owner if someone left behind in the car. The SUV is available with 2 seating layouts – 6- and -7-seater. While the former will have captain seats for the middle row, the latter will come with a bench seat in the middle row.
In India, Hyundai is now likely to launch the Santa Fe. The company is gearing up for the launch of an all-new sub-4 meter SUV called the Hyundai Venue. Adding to it, Hyundai is also working on the next-gen Creta and Tucson SUVs which will be offered in both 5 and 7-seat layouts.