Hyundai Santa Fe has premium feel

The redesigned Santa Fe will get the brand’s first U.S. diesel engine. Photo credit: VINCE BOND

SEOUL — Hyundai says it made a special effort with the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe to satisfy crossover shoppers looking for a premium experience from mass-market brands.

Hak Soo Ha, director of interior design for Hyundai Motor Group, said designers paid attention to metallic finishes inside and moved the upper instrument panel away from passengers to create a sense of openness.

Other touches were added to appeal to both men and women, Ha told Automotive News.

He said men will appreciate the Santa Fe’s more aggressive look and that subtle interior changes were made with women in mind. For instance, Ha said designers left enough space behind interior door handles to accommodate women with long fingernails.

The redesigned Santa Fe will include the brand’s first diesel offering in the U.S.

This year’s introductions of the Santa Fe, the brand’s best-selling light truck, and the Kona compact crossover will bring Hyundai closer to matching consumer tastes, said Andrew DiFeo, chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council.

The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The three-row, seven-passenger model will be renamed the Santa Fe XL.



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