The new Hyundai Santa Fe – previewed at KLIMS 2018 and open for booking since then – now has confirmed prices.

The fourth-gen TM starts from RM169,888 for the 2.4 MPI 2WD Executive, rising to RM189,888 for the same car in Premium spec. The costlier 2.2 CRDi 4WD diesel goes for RM191,888 for the Executive and RM211,888 for the Premium, all on-the-road excluding insurance. Deliveries will start next month.

That’s a lower entry price than the RM188k estimated figure mentioned late last year, which also means that the base three-row, seven-seater Santa Fe undercuts the top Mazda CX-5 and isn’t too far away from the range-topping Honda CR-V 1.5 TC Premium 2WD and the new Nissan X-Trail Hybrid.

The latest Santa Fe’s face is a bold one, featuring the brand’s new signature Cascading Grille and three-tier lighting, with the main beams situated lower than is normal. The rest of the big SUV is also handsome and substantial, and those 3D-effect tail lamps (reminds me of BMW’s OLED petals) are very pretty.

The interior style has been completely revamped as well. The Corvette-style twin-cowl dashboard appears lower than before and there’s layering to the design. A free-standing, seven-inch touchscreen sits above horizontal air-con vents, the dual-zone climate control panel and Qi wireless charger.

The Santa Fe has always had a bigger body than the regular C-SUV, and three rows of seats. Here, the second row seats slide fore/aft and split fold 60:40 manually or via buttons on the boot wall. The rearmost third row seats also fold flat.

Equipment wise, the KLIMS 2018 showcar had a seven-inch screen within the instrument cluster (flanked by analogue dials), leather, an around-view monitor, hill descent control, blind spot monitor, powered front seats (lumbar support for the driver), cruise control, keyless entry and push start, and 19-inch wheels. Stay tuned for the full spec breakdown.

Under the MPI petrol’s hood is a 2.4 litre Theta II naturally aspirated unit with 172 PS/225 Nm, paired to a six-speed conventional automatic transmission. The stronger 2.2 R CRDi puts out 193 PS and 440 Nm of turbodiesel torque, has AWD, and gets a new eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

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