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Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has just unwrapped the facelifted Santa Fe SUV and the new Avante at KLIMS 2010. The former was officially launched for the Malaysian market while the C-segment Civic fighter is being previewed ahead of its Malaysian launch, which will be in the third quarter of 2011.


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As previously revealed by this site, the lnokom badged CKD Santa Fe has two engine options – a 174 PS/228 Nm 2.4L Theta II engine that replaces the old 2.7L V6 and the R-series CRDi engine with e-VGT, 197 PS and 442 Nm of torque. Both are paired with Hyundai’s in-house six-speed automatic with manual override. Claimed fuel economy for the petrol model is 12.3 km/l and 14.9 km/l for the diesel. The 4WD system is of the torque on demand variety, with a 4WD Lock button.

The equipment list is high. Dual airbags, ESP, Nappa leather seats, built in GPS, reverse camera, Bluetooth/USB/AUX stereo with steering controls, sunroof and smart key with push button start are standard for both variants. As previously announced, the petrol retails for RM158,888 while the diesel is priced at RM169,888. Prices are OTR with insurance and includes Hyundai’s 300,000 km/5-year warranty.


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The ‘MD’ series Avante is being shown for the first time in Asia outside of Korea, and you can view and touch it at KLIMS. Will it be worth the wait? Come to PWTC to see for yourselves. HSDM also took the effort to bring in the ix-Metro concept car for some variety. Hyundai’s 606 sqm stand is located at Tun Razak Hall 4.

More pictures after the jump.

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