Riding high on the success of Creta SUV, Hyundai Motors is now geared up to bring one more SUV to the Indian market christened as Tucson. Just to remind, Tucson SUV was first launched in India in 2005 which was a complete package flanked by good engines, spacious cabin etc but it was discontinued later on.
Now, Tucson in its 3rd generation will make its comeback and will fulfill the sweet spot between Creta and Santa Fe.
The new GEN compact SUV imitates a modern stance and Fluidic sculpture 2.0 with bits and parts of Santa Fe such as familiar hexagonal front grille flanked by projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. To further modernize the stance, it gets cuts and creases around the sides with 19 inch alloy wheels and big flared wheel arches.
While the rear displays the elongated LED tail lamps inspired by Elite i20 while high mounted spoiler and chrome plated exhaust pipes ups the style quotient of the SUV. Overall, the design looks elegant as ever and if Hyundai able to price it aggressively then it might be another success story for the South Korean automajor.
With 4475mm length, 1850mm width, 1655mm height and 2670mm of wheelbase, the SUV promises to deliver to best in class cabin space.
Hyundai will sit above Creta so expect more sophisticated cabin along with an array of features such an eight inch touch screen infotainment system with satellite navigation, small LCD screen for climate control and other parameters. The dual tone interior theme is graced by centrally located Air vents, silver highlights all around, panoramic sunroof and lots more. On the safety front, all variants would get dual airbags, ABS as standard while top variant will be loaded with six airbags, static cornering lights, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), EBD, hill start assist, smart parking assist system and lane keeping assist system to name a few.
Under the hood, it will arrive with 2.0 litre diesel engine with two states of tunes- one will deliver 136PS of max output and 373Nm of peak torque while the top spec gets the 185PS power and 400Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include either a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox with both 2WD and Hyundai’s active AWD options.
The New GEN Tucson base variant is expected to start at Rs. 16 lakh while the top variant might cost at Rs. 23 lakhs (ex-showroom).