The Tucson brand is staging a comeback in a new avatar. Tucson will be bridging the gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe in the Hyundai SUV line-up.
The car has the unmistakable signature Fluidic design language of the Hyundai clan. The front end is dominated by the massive three slat grill flanked by the stretched headlights. The side profile has muscular shoulder line with massive wheel arches which houses 17-inch wheels. The rear design is complete with a pair of sharp rear lamps. Lack of tail mounted spare wheels and smaller rear windscreen gives it more of a crossover look than that of an SUV. Overall, the design is greatly proportioned and don’t look odd from any angles.
Coming to the interiors, you will be surprised by a comparatively plane jane design. The form follows function here. However, the black plus beige combo interiors are made of high-quality materials and packs in a lot of features. The front seats are pretty big and accommodate even bigger frames with great comfort. Unlike the Santa Fe, Tucson is a five-seater SUV. This gives ample legroom at the rear. The boot has a capacity of 513 litres.
The car will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which generates a modest 136 bhp and 373 Nm torque. As expected the engine is not a scorcher, with considerable turbo lag till 2000 rpm. The 2.0 Liter CRDi engine is a refined unit with good usable mid-range for highway cruising. The engine has a six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic transmission.
The handling can be best described as ordinary with a fair amount of body roll and the car doesn’t like to attack corners. The steering is light and doesn't inspire much confidence on the twisties. However, the car has a pliant ride and good straight line stability.
The car is expected to be priced between the INR 20 lacs to INR 23 lacs price range. Hyundai will be bringing the car to India around September this year.
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On prima fascia the car doesn’t excel in one particular area, however, it is a good package with a fine blend of style, space and features. The success of Tucson will primarily depend on the price at which Hyundai will be pegging this SUV in India.