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The fourth-generation, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover has been presented in South Korea. The Santa Fe is an important product for Hyundai in North America. The company has moved 1.5 million examples of the SUV in the US, making it the best-selling vehicle in Hyundai USA’s 32-year history. Like the Hyundai Kona, the 2019 Santa Fe features its corporate ‘Cascading Grille’, along with an upright and widened stance, LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. Hyundai says the suspension geometry has also been improved for a more comfortable ride, while an optional self-levelling suspension further improves comfort and ensures a comfortable ride with heavy cargo on board, or when towing a trailer.
Three powertrains will be offered with the North American-spec Santa Fe from launch. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder GDI making 185 hp, which is joined by an available 2.0-liter turbo four with 232 hp. A CRDi turbodiesel will also be offered, making 200 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. All engines will be paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which will send power to Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system. The AWD system can also be configured between Normal, Smart and Sport modes, with Sport sending more torque to the rear wheels than Normal or Smart.