As revealed earlier this month, Hyundai’s stand at KLIMS 2010 will feature three showstars – the ix-Metro concept car, the facelifted Santa Fe SUV with new engines and the latest Hyundai Avante. Here, a grey unit of the C-segment saloon was spotted on a trailer by reader CKF, and since it’s the only car on the truck, we presume it’s the same model you’re going to see at KLIMS.

The Avante gets Hyundai’s latest “fluidic sculpture” design language as per the Sonata YF. We can see from these small images that the dominant profile line starts from the long rear lights, spearing through the door handles and ending at the front wheel arch. Another more subtle line joins both wheel arches.

The car shown here is a Korean domestic model as production for export markets will only start at the end of first quarter 2011. There won’t be much delay in making right-hand drive versions, and Malaysia will be among the first markets to get the RHD car. Add in the red tape and approvals and we’re looking at a second half of 2011 launch.

Unlike rivals, there won’t be a 2.0L model but an all-new 1.8L engine called ‘Nu’ powering the Avante. This 148 hp/178 Nm 1.8 is a smaller, lighter and more frugal replacement for the 2.0L Beta engine used in the previous gen car. It has Dual CVVT, two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) and runs on a timing chain. Hyundai will also use double-pipe plumbing for the Nu engine to improve cooling, which means they can get away with using a smaller compressor, which aids fuel consumption.

The other engine is a 1.6L Gamma and the gearbox for both is Hyundai’s in-house 6-speed auto. It’s not decided yet if we will get Gamma, Nu or both engines although the bigger mill will be needed to impress the capacity obsessed regular Malaysian carbuyer.

Look out for it at KLIMS!