Hyundai Confirms Diesel Santa Fe Has Some Serious Torque

2018 New York Auto Show

Power stays the same on base 2.4, but goes down on 2.0T, which also packs on pounds.

Late last month, Hyundai released the first images and some big news about the new 2019 Santa Fe. The smaller Santa Fe Sport drops the Sport and becomes simply the Santa Fe, but it gets bigger and Hyundai has added diesel power to the engine lineup, and diesel models even come with the option of a third row of seats. We covered the 2019 Santa Fe debut previously, so catch up on it here, but today Hyundai confirmed the engine specifications, so we can all stop holding our breath.

As expected, the base naturally aspirated direct inject 2.4-liter four-cylinder stands pat with 185 hp at 6,000 rpm and 178 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. In a bit of a surprise, the 2.0L turbo, also with direct injection, drops 5 horsepower from the previous generation to 235, and torque holds steady at 260 lb-ft, still available from 1,450 to 3,500 rpm. The new diesel, 2.2 liters in displacement, direct injected and turbocharged, lands at 190 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque, which is a fair bit more generous than the 1.6 Diesel in GM’s Equinox and Terrain, which serve up 137 hp and 240 lb-ft. The 2.2D power peaks at 3,800 rpm, and maximum torque will be available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm.

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We also learn that weight has gone down for the base powertrain, 3,591 pounds in front-wheel drive trim or 3,735 with all-wheel drive, cutting over 30 lb from FWD models and almost 60 from AWD, which promises improved fuel economy when combined with the new eight speed transmission. Turbo models actually gain weight, ballooning up to 3,920 lb from 3,739 in FWD configuration and 4,063 lb in AWD, up from 3,898. The diesel, as always, is the heavyweight so it tips the scales at 4,228 lb for FWD and 4,372 for AWD, not surprising considering those also carry the extra seats in the third row. Towing capacity has not been announced, but the 2.0T and 2.2D should at least maintain the 3,500-lb rating the current 2.0T has.

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