The Ford F-Vision was inspired by Marvel comic book characters. At the 2019 Hannover Motor Show in Germany, Ford unveiled an electric, autonomous semi truck concept that has Tesla Semi fighter written all over it, figuratively speaking. The F-Vision was created by Ford Otosan, the company commercial trucking production facility in Turky, and comprises of […]
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Honda has announced the pricing for the updated 2019 Honda Civic sedan and coupe. The cheapest model is the 2019 Civic LX sedan, which starts at $20,345, while the LX coupe starts at $21,545, with the destination fees included. The updated 2019 Civic sedan and coupe get some small exterior updates, a new audio system […]
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Smart Sense Technologies Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now available on Santa Fe.
Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.
An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height even while towing or carrying heavier cargo. This system allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.
Hyundai's Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers' heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system's radar sensors when backing up, the system can not only warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.
Additional safety features include Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Hyundai Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver's smartphone via Hyundai's Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.
The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai's first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver's center cluster and, most importantly, the doors remain locked.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe's biggest surprise, with 190 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 322 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize friction loss.
HTRAC Advanced AWD System
The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai's HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.
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