Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) is on a roll this year with its new and exciting models entering its diverse lineup. First there was the Kona, which rolled into the showrooms last month, then the updated Grand Starex shortly after. This time, the 2019 Santa Fe is confirmed to be available in your local Hyundai dealerships as of this writing.
In case you missed it, the 2019 Santa Fe is among the four new vehicles that HARI presented during this year’sManila International Auto Show (MIAS). Together with the Kona subcompact crossover, Ioniq hybrid, and ever-tasteful Veloster sporty hatchback, the midsize crossover made waves during the auto show with its revamped styling inside and out.
The biggest changes in the 2019 Santa Fe is on its front fascia, particularly its cascading grille and headlamp configuration. It resembles the Kona in a lot of angles, so much so that it inherited the separate-headlamp design; the narrow strips on the upper bonnet are the daytime running lights (DRLs), while the huge ones below are the LED projector headlights and turn signal lights.
Aside from that, the all-new Santa Fe is bigger than its predecessor – 605-mm longer and 10-mm wider. In profile, the fenders are bold and profound, complementing the new design of the 19-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the midsize crossover retains the chiseled tailgate while sporting a new shape for the LED taillight. A spoiler, skid plate, and dual exhaust cap off the exterior amenities at the rear.
Inside, the 2019 Santa Fe gets a new layout, which a huge departure from the dashboard design of the outgoing model. A host of display for the car's controls populate the cabin to supplement to the floating seven-inch display system with USB, auxiliary, and bluetooth connectivity. Six speakers are scattered in the cabin for a solid music listening experience.
The whole interior is clad with leather, while the driver and front passenger get power-adjustable seats for convenience. There’s also dual-zone automatic climate control with rear A/C vents to maximize creature comfort.
For safety, it’s equipped with a lot airbags, specifically for the driver, front passenger, at the sides, and in curtain. It’s also equipped with Electronic Stability Control, ABS, and rear parking sensors with camera.
Under the hood, the all-new Santa Fe is still powered by the 2.2L CRDi diesel engine with e-VGT, producing the same 200 hp output and 441 Nm of torque. What’s new, though, is the eight-speed automatic transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels. No announcement yet for an all-wheel drive variant, but hopefully HARI does so.
The 2019 Santa Fe can be had with a P2,338,000 price tag. As mentioned, HARI confirmed its availability in local dealerships, so you can head on to the nearest Hyundai showroom or request a free quote here to be one of the first owners of the all-new Hyunda Santa Fe.
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