Hyundai has redesigned and given a new name to its Santa Fe Sport mid-size SUV. It’s now simply the Santa Fe — a name that makes a little more sense internationally where, in many markets, it’s been called that all along. The U.S. Santa Fe, meanwhile — a larger three-row model that was related to the previous Santa Fe Sport — continues in its old form. It will be called the Santa Fe XL — not to be mistaken for the Santa Fe.
Confused yet? We haven’t even gotten to styling. Buckle up for the rest, it’s going to be a wild ride.
That ride starts up front, where the Santa Fe mixes a design ethos that we’ve seen in other SUVs (the Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Juke, Hyundai’s own Kona) with lights all the way up at hood level. These aren’t the headlights, however; they’re the daytime running lights. The headlights are below those, with high and low beams, reflectors with turn signals and foglights at the very bottom. That gives you five elements stacked top to bottom, all LED.
The new Santa Fe is actually considerably larger than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. Overall length is up 2.8 inches, and the wheelbase is up 2.6 inches, which will help to accommodate a third row that will go into a diesel Santa Fe sometime in the 2019 calendar year.
Watch the video above to learn what else is new in the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
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