Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has posted up a teaser for a new model on its Facebook page. “We will be unveiling a heartthrob vehicle. It will be a trend-setter with its slick design and upgraded features,” the caption for the mystery SUV reads.

Now, while there are a couple of new Hyundai SUVs due for local introduction, including the new Santa Fe and Kona crossover, this upcoming SUV in question is the facelifted Hyundai Tucson – the face, specifically the outline of the sharp new trapezoidal grille, gives its identity away.

Unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show in March, the Tuscon facelift sports only minor exterior updates, but the dashboard top is new – an unusual move for a mid-life refresh. The new cabin follows the style of the new fourth-gen Santa Fe, with a double-curve architecture and a floating touchscreen head unit sitting above now horizontal central air vents – previously, they were all in one row along with the instrument panel.

In the US, the Tucson facelift is powered by 2.0L and 2.4L naturally aspirated engines, with 164 hp/205 Nm and 181 hp/237 Nm respectively. The latter replaces the 1.6L turbo unit there, while both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Other markets will still get the 174 hp 1.6L T-GDI petrol (six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto, FWD and AWD available) and turbodiesels.

In Europe, the 186 PS turbodiesel gets a 48-volt mild hybrid system, as seen on the Kia Sportage facelift. It consists of a mild hybrid starter generator, a low-voltage DC/DC converter, an inverter and a 0.44 kWh lithium-ion battery, and provides an electric boost of up to 12 kW (16 hp) under hard acceleration.

We’ll need to wait for the next teaser episode for more details on Hyundai’s refreshed rival to the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

GALLERY: Hyundai Tucson facelift, European spec