The extremely popular seven-seater crossover Santa Fe is expected to go through some minor changes for its 2018 model. A completely redesigned model is expected by 2019. The camouflaged Hyundai Santa Fe prototype was spotted recently and this model will likely arrive in time for the 2019 model year. The changes on the new-generation Santa Fe will be seen on its front fascia and rear end and we detect them as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The next-gen Santa Fe should also offer more spacious interior with modern features while powering unit should remain V-6 engine. On the other hand, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe should continue largely unchanged after being refreshed for the 2017 model.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Exteriors
Hyundai Santa Fe has been sharing its looks with other Hyundai SUVs albeit by smaller proportions. This new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe won’t differ from the current version in terms of styling. Hyundai made some changes on the 2017 model and this model will continue to benefit from them in the new model year.
On the other hand, the new-gen prototype reveals some styling modifications. The next iteration of this model will have split-design headlights while will also adopt the new Cascading grille design. This model should also grow in size and ride on the improved platform.
Inside the vehicle:
From the inside, this vehicle offers huge spacious interiors. High-quality materials and attractive design are also combined with comfortable seats and well-arranged controls.
A panoramic sunroof and the 3rd row are specially made to provide maximum enjoyment to the teenaged passengers. In terms of infotainment, the new Hyundai Santa Fe can be expected with a larger 8-inch touchscreen. With options for better connectivity, Blue Link system typical to Hyundai will enable the owner to handle the car easier.
As for the safety aspect, this model boasts impressive scores and also adds advanced safety features. The model will have the blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, etc.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Powertrain
Hyundai won’t likely change the current powering unit for the 2018 model year and even next-generation Santa Fe should use some version of the naturally-aspirated V-6 engine.
So, under the hood of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will again be a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that is also found in the Azera sedan. This engine can guarantee 290 hp and torque of 252 pound-feet. Hyundai will combine this engine with the 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive by default. The all-wheel drive will be an option.
The Santa Fe will allow up to 5, 000 pounds of towing capacity. The fuel economy numbers should remain around the 21-mpg combined.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe: Pricing and Release Date
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe might be expected towards the end of 2017. The price will stay close to the current boundaries.