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Here’s a spyshot of a car we know is coming soon, thanks to reader Edward Yap, who was alert to spot the SUV with taped-up badges. No, it’s not an Audi but the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe, which has already starred in ads on our sister classifieds site oto.my.

UPDATE: The new Hyundai Santa Fe is now launched in Malaysia. Click here for our launch report and pics.

You might have read about a long-wheelbase Santa Fe with three rows of seats, but this is not it. Malaysia will get the standard (2,700 mm wheelbase, same as the current car) DM, although this variant can also be specified with a third row of two seats.

The car we see here is likely to be a high-spec unit with the bells, whistles and sizable wheels. Hyundai-Sime Darby will be bringing in the 2.2 litre R-series diesel engine, which has proved to be popular with second-gen Santa Fe buyers. The VGT-equipped oil burner boasts 197 hp and 436 Nm of torque, and will be paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’s likely that HSDM will specify the on-demand 4WD system.

According to the oto.my ad, the kit list could include HID headlamps with cornering lights, LED rear lamps, reverse camera, electronic parking brake, ESC and Hill Start Assist. All yet to be confirmed, of course.

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