Keeping its promise made at the starting of this year that the Hyundai will launch two new products at every fiscal. Therefore, after launching new Gen Elantra earlier this month Hyundai is pepped up to introduce all new Tucson SUV on 24th October 2016, just days before country’s grand festival Diwali. Showcased at 2016 Auto Expo, the Tucson will be placed between the Creta and Santa Fe.
Hyundai decision to launch Tucson next month is spot on as it will allow it to fully utilize the festive mood. In addition our unconditional surge for the SUVs might further increase the footsteps into Hyundai showrooms. Now our reliable sources tell us that some dealerships have started taking bookings for premium SUV at a refundable token amount of Rs. 25,000.
The Tucson first made its presence felt in 2004 and launched in India in 2005. It became popular in no time and continued its dominance for next five years until it was finally discontinued on the grounds of falling sales. Hyundai has skipped the second gen model and bringing the next generation model to the Indian market which was showcased at this year’s Auto Expo.
As expected, the SUV is based on brand’s fluidic 2.0 design philosophy underlined by hexagonal front grille tri chrome slats; sweptback double barrel LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, curvy bonnet, LED strip fog lamps on the sporty bumper, elegant multi spoke alloy wheels, wraparound LED tail lamps.
As it is pitched a segment above Creta, the Tucson will be packed with features like electric lift gate, optional panoramic sunroof, bigger touchscreen infotainment system with Aux-in, USB, and bluetooth connectivity, high end audio system with eight speakers, front-rear parking sensors, eight airbags and much more.
The third generation of the SUV is expected to come in diesel avatar only i.e. a 2.0 litre CRDi diesel that will be available in two states of tunes. The mill will develop 134bhp and 181bhp and will be paired with a six speed manual or a six speed automatic gearboxes. Hyundai has claimed to achieve 50 percent localization but still it is expected to cost between Rs. 16 to 21 lakhs (ex-showroom). When launched, it will take on the likes of SsangYong Rexton and upcoming Honda CR-V.