The distributor of Hyundai cars in Malaysia, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd (HSDM) has launched the widely anticipated Santa Fe for the Malaysian market. The SUV, one of the most popular models in its segment now comes with 2 new engines which are the 2.4 liter Theta II series petrol engine and the new “R” 2.2 CRDi diesel engine.

The 2.4 liter Theta II engine is paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox that gets you up to 171 horses and 228Nm of torque. The new model is also lighter by 10 kilograms as compared to its previous model which was fitted with a 2.7 liter V6 engine. Comparatively the new and old engines gives you about the same power and this is because of the D-CVVT (Dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing) system. Apart from that, you will also get the VIS (Variable Intake System) which is responsible to control the intake of fresh air into the combustion chambers. CO2 emission is recorded at 210g/km and this is about 17% better than the previous model.

On the other hand, the diesel model (as mentioned, the “R” 2.2 CRDi) comes with DOHC with 16 valves equipped with the zero maintenance steel timing chain. On top of that, you will also get the e-VGT (electronic variable geometry turbocharger) which boosts out power to around 148 horses and 442Nm of torque. For comparison, its previous model gets you a bit more power at 194 horses and 353Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a maintenance-free 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox integrated within its 4 wheel drive system which switches flawlessly between 2 and 4 wheel modes. You can also press a button to activate the 4 wheel lock system as well.

Well, being an SUV, you would be wondering if performance and handling is good and while they would be able to convince you on the power, you can also rest assured about how it rolls on the roads as well. Hyundai’s all-round coil spring suspension has been thoroughly tested and driving the Santa Fe is alike maneuvering a ‘luxurious sedan in an SUV’. Typically with most SUV’s these days, the third row could easily be folded down if needed and you would have 7 seater.

In terms of safety, the Santa Fe has already a 5 star NCAP (NHTSA) ratings for its front and side impact tests and ABS, EPS and Traction Control all come as standard. After all, in the recent Consumer Reports 2010 Annual Auto Reliability Survey in the United States, the Santa FE was voted as the Most Reliable Car, and now that speaks very well for itself. For more information about the new Santa Fe, you can call the HSDM Customer Care Line at 1-300-13-2000 during office hours or visit [url]www.hyundai.com.my[/url]