Two weeks ago, we revealed to you the engine options and specs of the refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe, which is more than just a cosmetic facelift. To be officially launched at KLIMS, the locally assembled seven-seat SUV will come with two engine options – a 2.4L Theta II petrol and the R-series 2.2L CRDi. The gasoline engined variant will cost RM158,888 while the diesel is priced at RM169,888. Prices are on the road including insurance.
As a recap, the Theta II is a Dual CVVT engine with 174 PS and 228 Nm of torque. This engines replaces the old 2.7L V6 unit in the Santa Fe and also does duties in the Tucson and Sonata. We also hear that it will power the new Kia Sorento that will debut at KLIMS, keep your eyes peeled for more on that.
But the big news for this car is the debut of the ‘R’ diesel engine, which packs a real punch – 197 PS and 442 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 2,500 rpm to be exact. This commonrail with electronic variable geometry turbocharger (e-VGT) will be the mightiest oil burner in the market, beating even the Nissan “Mother Trucker” Navara’s 2.5L engine into submission.
The kit list is more comprehensive than before, too. Keyless entry, steering wheel audio controls, electric driver’s seat, GPS system, reverse camera, Nappa leather seats and a sunroof are included. Other interior changes include the addition of carbon-fibre paneling, rearranged switches, chrome treatment and an organ type accelerator pedal. ESP is also standard on this 4WD (with lock button) SUV.