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When the totally redone

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe


revealed in February

, we were told a 2.2-liter turbocharged


engine would be an option for the


. Now, a company spokesperson told

Green Car Reports



is canning the diesel for the U.S. market. In addition to that, the diesel was going to be the only

Santa Fe

with three rows. Since the diesel is done with, the third row is toast as well.


gas prices

so low compared to diesel, we imagine consumers won’t be clamoring for an oil burner crossover. Given this, the choice makes sense for this exact moment in time. Hyundai isn’t exactly in dire need of a three-row vehicle anymore either, after

the reveal

of its giant

Palisade SUV we just drove


In case you wanted to know what you could never have, the Santa Fe’s diesel engine is slated to make 190 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. Now you’ll be limited to either the 185-hp 2.4-liter or 235-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter. The best

fuel economy

you’ll get in a Santa Fe is 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway in the 2.4-liter.

This promise, then retraction of a diesel in a crossover is reminiscent of

Mazda’s attempt

to bring its diesel engine to the United States

in the CX-5

. Then

Volkswagen Dieselgate


us, and Mazda

learned why it couldn’t make its diesel competitive. Perhaps Hyundai isn’t willing to test the trust of U.S. car buyers with a diesel engine quite yet. That being said,







Land Rover

sell SUVs with diesel engines here.

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