The new Hyundai Santa Fe to be launched at the KL International Motor Show 2010

Published on November 27th, 2010

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd (HSDM) will be launching its new Hyundai Santa Fe at the KL international Motor Show 2010 (KLIMS) which will be held from December 3rd to 12th at the Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur.

HSDM will only be showcasing the Santa Fe “R” CRDi 2.2 diesel engine at KLIMS. The new Santa Fe comes in the following luxurious features:

  • Smart key with complementing keyless activated door handles and engine start stop button. It facilitates entry without having to take your key out of pocket or hand bag
  • Turn signal lamps on the electric retractable door mirrors
  • GPS Navigation System
  • One-touch operation sunroof
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat and premium Nappa leather seats
  • The new “Supervision” instrument panel
  • Reverse Camera

Two of Santa Fe’s high tech engines will also be displayed. They are the 2.4-litre Theta II series petrol engine and the “R” CRDi diesel engine. The 2.4-litre Theta II series petrol engine is now lightened by some 10kgs and is able to churn out a very respectable 174ps (128kW) of maximum power and a just as impressive 23.2kgm (228Nm) of maximum torque.

The “R” CRDi diesel engine on the other hand, has zero maintenance and a more efficient silent steel timing chain to drive the dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and 16 valves. The “R” engine also gets the all-new electronic variable geometry turbocharger (e-VGT) for exhilarating instantaneous engine response at any speed. Maximum power has been boosted from 150PS (110kW) previously to 197PS (144kW) while maximum torque is significantly improved from 34.2kgm (353Nm) to 44.5kgm (442Nm) at the same engine rpm range.

HSDM has started receiving orders for the new Santa Fe. The new Santa Fe is available in 2 variants namely “R” 2.2 CRDi diesel engine and Theta II-2.4litre.

The Santa Fe was voted the most reliable car in the Consumer Reports 2010 Annual Auto Reliability Survey in the US recently. The SUV received the highest votes because of the car’s excellent performance. It is an immensely comfortable SUV with electronic stability control. The Santa Fe is roomy and quiet with reasonably quick steering response, making it fairly agile. The ride is well controlled while the seats are comfortable with nicely finished interior.

words & pix: HSDM

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