The new Hyundai Santa Fe has been officially launched at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), which is still ongoing for the public at BSD City. The fourth-generation Santa Fe is available in two trim levels – GLS and XG – and two engines.

The motors in question are a 2.4 litre MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine with a six-speed automatic, and a R-series 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel. The e-VGT oil burner puts out 193 PS and 436 Nm of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed Shiftronic automatic. No 2.0 litre T-GDI petrol turbo for Indonesia.

The three-row seven-seater SUV’s price range is from Rp 499 juta (RM140,997) for the petrol GLS to Rp 569 juta (RM160,776) for the range topping diesel XG. This puts it in competition with the Honda CR-V Turbo and Toyota Fortuner TRD in the republic.

The new Santa Fe masks its bulk very well in the metal, but at 4,770 mm long and 1,890 mm wide, it’s actually 80 mm longer and 10 mm wider than the third-generation DM. The new car’s 2,765 mm wheelbase is 65 mm longer. Top spec Santa Fes roll on 19-inch wheels.

Exterior design highlights include the new Kona-style face with multi-tier lighting (the top tier is just the LED daytime running lights, main beams are below) and the brand’s latest “Cascading Grille” signature. The rear end is neat. Check out the tail lamp detailing, which resembles BMW’s OLED scales from afar, wrapping Mercedes-style crystal elements.

Inside, besides looking more premium than before, the cabin features better rearward visibility (41% bigger rear quarter glass) and more space for the second and third row. Legroom in the middle row is up by 38 mm and the seat base is 18 mm higher. There’s a new one-touch seat folding function for easy access to the third row seats, and headroom is up by 22 mm there.

The new Santa Fe has been spotted in Malaysia, and although that sighted car is merely a training unit for the brand’s regional training centre, we’re still expecting the fourth-gen TM to launch in our market in the near future. Late 2018 or Q1 2019 is our guess.


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