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Five Fabulous Facts About the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Larger, new tech, and a diesel option

NEW YORK, New York — It's Crossover Central at this year's New York auto show, and among the headliners is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The leading edge of a rework of the Santa Fe lineup, the new model replaces the previous Santa Fe Sport, growing a bit larger while adding a diesel engine option and a host of high-tech gear. You can always dive deep on the Santa Fe in our preview article, but read on for the highlight reel: Here are five fabulous facts about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

1. There's now a diesel engine option: a 2.2-liter CRDi turbocharged unit rated for 190 hp at 3,800 rpm and 322 lb-ft of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm.

2. All versions of the new Santa Fe (whether gas or diesel) get a brand-new, Hyundai-designed and built eight-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission adds gear ratios at both ends of the spectrum, aiming to improve both acceleration and economy.

3. The 2019 Santa Fe will be packed with standard and optional high-tech safety features, including smart cruise control with stop & go, lane-keep assist, forward collision avoidance, high-beam assist, a surround view monitor, blind spot warning, and a whole lot more.

4. Even though the existing three-row Santa Fe will carry forward into 2019 as the Santa Fe XL, Hyundai is offering an "occasional use" third row on the new 2019 Santa Fe—but only on diesel-equipped versions.

5. Android Auto and Apple Car Play are standard, as is a 7-inch touchscreen display. Higher trim tiers can add navigation and Qi wireless charging as well.