After making debut at 2016 Indian auto Expo, Hyundai’s old horse Tucson SUV has been re-launched in India. The brand Tucson is not new for India as it was on sale a couple of years ago but discontinued due to poor sales. Since Creta has met outrageous success, the Korean carmaker now wants to try its hands at the premium SUV segment with third generation Tucson. The SUV will be positioned between Creta and Santa Fe and will lock its horns against Honda CR-V, SsangYong Rexton and Skoda Yeti.
One of the major reasons for last gen Tucson discontinuation was high price tag though this time around Hyundai has managed to price it aggressively as the new model is offered as CKD route. The new Tucson is available in five variants with an introductory price of Rs. 18.99 lakh and goes all the way to Rs. 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Tucson SUV can be had in 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines. The power mill belts out 153bhp [email protected] and 192Nm of peak [email protected] while the diesel motor is good for 182bhp@4000rpm and 400Nm of torque between 1750-2750rpm. Both the engines can be had in either with a six speed manual or a six speed automatic gearbox. The petrol returns an ARAI rated mileage of 13.03 Kmpl for the manual and 12.95 Kmpl with the automatic gearbox. The diesel returns 18.42Kmpl with the manual and 16.38 Kmpl with the automatic transmission. Like new Elantra, Tucson will also sport three drive modes- Normal, Eco and Sport. The all wheel drive (AWD) option will be launched by April 2017.
Space and dimensions:
The five seater premium SUV measures 4475mm in length, 1850mm in width, 1600mm in height and rides on the wheelbase of 2670mm. The SUV offers 513 liters of boot space.
Exterior and Interior:
The new-generation Tucson is based on the familiar and famed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language bundled with Hyundai’s recent styling cues. Up front the SUV receives a large tri slate hexagonal grille flanked by sleek projector or double barrel (top variant only) headlamps, LED daytime running lights. The newly designed muscular front bumper gets a pair of horizontal LED fog lamps and black cladding on the lower body. On the sides, it gets chrome door handles; 18 inch diamond cut alloy wheels, and roof rails. The rear is adorned with LED wraparound taillights, silver faux skid bumper, twin exhausts and LED reflectors.
The cabin is being treated with dual tone black and beige color scheme with fabric upholstery for the lower trims and leather upholstery for the top spec trims. The SUV is pretty rich on equipments and features an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple car play, Android auto, bluetooth telephony, satellite navigation and voice recognition. It also has Aux-in and USB connectivity. Also on board, dual zone automatic climate control with rear AC vents, 10 way adjustable driver’s seat, reclining function for 2nd row seats, glove box cooling, rear armrest with cup holder, cruise control, puddle lamps, hands free tailgate, multi-function steering wheel with tilt and telescopic function to ensure refined experience.
Hyundai is offering new Tucson in five color schemes-Stardust, wine red, Pure white, Phantom black and Sleek Silver.
The Hyundai Tucson is boarded with slew of safety features like Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), vehicle stability management (VSM), rear view parking camera with guidelines, electronic stability control (ESC), front and rear parking sensors, downhill brake control (DBC), ABS with EBD, brake assist, speed sensing auto door lock, 3-point ELR seat belt, electronic shift lock system, child seat anchor etc. In addition, dual front airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) will be offered as standard while top variants will have front sides and curtain airbags too.
|Comparison of Hyundai Tucson|
|Comparison of Hyundai Tucson variants|