Spied: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XLby Drew Johnson
Hyundai is shaking up its Santa Fe naming structure once again.
Hyundai's upcoming Santa Fe replacement has been spied for the first time undergoing cold weather testing. Hyundai's all-new SUV is expected to make its United States debut at the 2018 New York auto show.
Hyundai released a pair of teaser images of its next-generation Santa Fe earlier this month, but those photos depicted the smaller, two-row version of the SUV. The model spotted today is the larger, eight-seat variant.
It's believed that Hyundai will re-brand its Santa Fe range for the 2019 model year. Today's smaller "Sport” model will be simply known as Santa Fe while the extended wheelbase model will be called "Santa Fe XL.” Both variants will ride on an all-new platform that will also underpin a future Kia SUV.
The Santa Fe XL will be motivated by a 3.3L V6 rated at 290 horsepower. A hybrid option is also being considered for later in the SUV's lifecycle. An eight-speed auto will route power to a standard front-wheel drive system; all-wheel drive will be available as an optional upgrade.
Look for the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe XL to arrive in dealer showrooms later this year.