The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe has made its debut at the ongoing Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018), a few months after the fourth-generation model was spotted out in the wild. Bookings are now open for the Santa Fe, with prices starting from an estimated RM188k onwards, inclusive of a five-year/300,000 km warranty and three-year/50,000 km free service.

In its latest iteration, the seven-seat SUV gets a complete design overhaul that brings it up to speed with the latest Hyundai models. Up front, you’ll see hints of the Kona compact SUV, starting with the slim LED daytime running lights that sit above the primary LED headlamps. The brand’s ‘Cascading Grille’ makes a return as well, although it is now larger and features a more prominent inlay.

Along the sides, the Santa Fe boasts a strong shoulder line that links the front and rear lighting units, while creased door sections provide a sense of depth. The profile remains largely familiar, although the windows have been reshaped accordingly.

Around back, you’ll find the Santa Fe’s new taillights that comes with intricate, C-shaped graphics within them that give a “3D look.” There’s also a bolder lower apron with larger “skid plates,” fog and reverse lamps, as well as twin trapezoidal-shaped exhaust tips.

Like the exterior, the cabin is completely redesigned and bears resemblance to the Kona as well. Dominating the dashboard is a free-standing, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto support) that sits above angular air-con vents, switchgear for the dual-zone climate control system (with rear vents) and Qi-standard wireless charger.

Unlike the third-gen model, the two cupholders on the centre console are now positioned beside the gear lever. There’s also a greater emphasis on creating a luxurious atmosphere on the inside, which is why there is greater use of premium materials and the addition of nifty design touches.

For the second row seats, they split in a 60:40 fashion, which can be done manually or via buttons found in the boot; they can also be slid forwards and back. Meanwhile, the rearmost seats also fold flat, and with both the second and third rows folded down, you’ll get rather flat cargo floor.

In terms of equipment, you’ll get a seven-inch digital display within the instrument cluster (flanked by analogue dials), leather upholstery, an around-view monitor, hill descent control, blind spot monitor, powered front seats (lumbar support for the driver), cruise control, keyless entry and start, along with 19-inch wheels.

Engine-wise, the Santa Fe is available with a choice of petrol and diesel mills, similar to the outgoing model. The former is a 2.4 litre Theta II MPi four-cylinder unit, while the oil burner is the 2.2 R CRDi – output figures are 172 PS/225 Nm and 193 PS/440 Nm, respectively. The petrol engine is linked to six-speed auto, with drive going to the front wheels, while the diesel gets a new eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive.

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