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You’ve heard about it and seen the spyshots and ads on oto.my, now Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially announced that order books for the new Hyundai Santa Fe are open. The third-gen SUV will be launched by the end of this month.

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

The new Santa Fe will come in two trim levels (Elegance and Executive) for both the 2.2 E-VGT ‘R’ diesel version (197 hp and 436 Nm) and the Theta II 2.4 MPI petrol version. Highlighted equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps, safe drive recorder (aftermarket add on, as per latest Sonata), rain sensor, Flex Steer steering (changes assistance level) and electric parking brake.

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Safety wise, expect Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Traction Control and Brake Assist in this seven-seat SUV. Note that we will be getting the standard wheelbase Santa Fe, which has a third row of seats, and not the long wheelbase version.

The selling price will start from approximately RM159k (excluding road tax and insurance) with the company’s usual five-year or 300,000 km warranty. For a closer look, the SUV will be at Hyundai roadshows in Gurney Plaza, Penang (June 13-16), 1 Utama (June 19-23) and KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru (June 21-23).

Click here for more pics of the new Santa Fe in local Malaysian spec, plus a view of the SUV’s cabin.

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