Hyundai has launched the fourth generation Santa Fe SUV in Malaysia. First previewed at the Kuala Lampur International Motor Show in November 2018, the Santa Fe for the Malaysian market is available in 2.4 MPi 2WD petrol and 2.2 CRDi AWD diesel engines, both of which come in Executive and Premium variants.
The petrol models are priced at RM169,888 (PKR 61.17 lac) for the Executive variant and RM189,888 (PKR 68.37 lac) for the Premium variant, while the diesel versions are priced at RM191,888 (PKR 69.09 lac) and RM211,888 (PKR 76.29 lac) respectively.
The 2.4 liter Theta II MPi naturally-aspirated petrol engine delivers 170 hp of power and 225 Nm of torque sending power to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.2 liter R CRDi turbodiesel churns out 191 hp of power and 440 Nm of torque and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and Hyundai’s HTRAC variable all-wheel drive system capable of sending up to 35% of torque to the rear wheels. Meanwhile in Sport mode up to 50% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels.
In terms of equipment, the Executive variants come equipped with projector halogen headlights, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control with ionizer, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, black leather upholstery, a freestanding seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a reverse camera.
The Premium variants gets additional goodies including adaptive LED headlights, LED tail lights, LED fog lights, 19-inch alloys, leather dashboard trim, an eight-way powered passenger seat with Toyota Camry-style shoulder buttons, a seven-inch Supervision instrument display, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a powered tailgate. They also get an optional burgundy interior color scheme with suede headlining, costing an extra RM2,000.
The 2019 Santa Fe comes with 6 airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, ESC, hill descent control and ISOFIX second-row child seat anchors, whereas Premium variants get blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and a novel Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) that warns you if a child is left in a seat behind.
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