There are two petrol and two diesel variants for choice as well as six colour options of White Cream, Typhoon Silver, Stormy Sea (dark blue), Rain Forest (dark green), Earthy Bronze and Phantom Black.
Introductory prices start with the Theta II 2.4 MPI (petrol) Executive at RM169,888 without road tax and insurance, while the Premium variant costs similarly at RM189,888.
In the diesel spectrum, the R 2.2 CRDi Executive costs RM191,888 and the Premium variant is listed at RM211,888.
The new Santa Fe range is covered by a five-year or 300,000km warranty (whichever comes first) and comes with a 50,000km free service that is valid for three years.
The new Santa Fe rolls in with a wheelbase of 2,765mm and measures in at 1,890mm-wide, 4,770mm-long and 1,680mm-tall, while having a 1,635mm (front) and 1,644mm (rear) track widths.
The 2.4-litre (2,359cc) petrol engine, managed by a six-speed automatic, produces 172PS at 6,000rpm and 225Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.
The 2.2-litre (2,199cc) turbodiesel, on the other hand, produces 193PS at 3,800rpm and 440Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,750rpm.
An eight-speed automatic manages power delivery to an Active on-Demand 4WD (HTRAC - Hyundai Traction) system that helps to vary torque between the front and rear axles for the sake of traction.
The body is suspended by front MacPherson struts and rear multi-link suspension with gas-filled shocks all around.
As standard, the Executive variants get fitted with 18x7.5-inch wheels with 235/60 series tyres and incandescent bulbs for the projector headlights, rear light combination and fog lights. Only the daytime running lights use LEDs.
Inside, the cabin is fitted with black fabric upholstery, 10-way powered driver's seat, manually adjustable front passenger seat, keyless entry with push-start button and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.
A 3.5-inch TFT LCD cluster meter stares back at the driver as well as a 7.0-inch Supervision floating display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AUX, USB voice recognition and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other conveniences include automatic up/down for all windows, dual-zone climate controls, reverse camera, automatic cruise control, automatic headlights, roof rack, power outlet (cabin and boot) and USB ports (2 front, 2 rear).
For safety, the Santa Fe gets fitted with six airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, downhill brake control, hill-start assist control, brake assist system, traction control and vehicle stability management.
The Premium variants have been fitted with rear occupant alert, blind-spot collision warning and rear cross traffic collision warning while rolling on larger 19x8.0-inch wheels with 235/55 tyres.
Other conveniences include LEDs for the projector headlights, dynamic bending light, rear combination lights and fog lamps as well as burgundy or black leather upholstery and an eight-way powered front passenger seats.
There is also passenger-side keyless entry, leather dashboard trim, photochromic rearview mirror with inbuilt compass, powered tailgate, wireless phone charger and rain sensor.