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Launched: Hyundai Tucson

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After several years, comes the South Korean automaker’s vehicle all set to take on the Indian market. Looks like, this time round they’ve played their cards right - let’s wait and find out!

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Key Takeaways:

  • After 2005, it is only now that it is introduced in the Indian market
  • For both petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions are obtainable
  • Offered across various trims

The memory that most of us have of the Hyundai Tucson is that the vehicle was launched way back in 2005. For those of you who weren’t aware or don’t remember, back then, the Tucson was a complete package. It offered a comfortable drive, a perfect 5-seater with good ground clearance, had an effective diesel engine and was the only 4WD available at that time. And now, the Tucson is set to come back and claim its rightful spot.

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This much favoured SUV from the South Korean automaker, the Hyundai Tucson, has gone on sale in the Indian market and is priced at INR 24.99 lakhs. In the Hyundai portfolio, the third generation Tucson is placed between the Creta and the flagship Santa Fe SUV. Three trims are going to be offered – MT, AT GL and AT GLS. In the India, auto market, the competing vehicles comprises of Honda CR-V, SsangYong Rexton and Skoda Yeti.

Hyundai Tucson

This new generation Tucson’s design language is based off the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and a lot of the brand’s latest styling cues have been implemented in the newest offering. From the front, you can see a large grille which is hexagonally shaped and edged with headlamps which are swept back and have two projector units leaving aside the reflector unit.

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The front bumper houses fog lamps as well as LED daytime running lights and a faux skid plate. The side profile is quite similar to the Santa Fe. A rugged look is achieved due to the black cladding which goes around the perimeter of the vehicle.  There are alloy wheels that look sporty and for the manual variant, the size is 17 inches and 18 inches for the automatic trim.

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Other evident features are OVRMs, unified with lights for the turn signal, roof rails, smoothly cut out character lines running on the side of the car, plastic under body cladding which is quite prominent and side skirts in silver. The rear-end has LED taillights; windshield wipers, a well-rounded tailgate which houses the automaker’s logo in the middle and a bumper which houses exhaust pipes with chrome tips.

The available colour choices are Pure White, Phantom Black, Star Dust, Wine Red and Sleek Silver.

Peter Schreyer, Chief of Design, Hyundai, when talking about the new Tucson said, “The new Tucson represents the future for us, as it is an SUV that pioneers the new look, especially the grille and headlights.”

Length

4475mm

Width

1850mm

Height

1660mm (including roof rails)

Wheelbase

2670mm

Boot Capacity

513-litres

Fuel Tank Capacity

62-litres

The interiors of the Tucson are in dual tones of beige and black. For the base trim, fabric is on offer and for the higher variants, its leather upholstery. The dashboard is well-organized and is made in such a way that it offers the driver easy access. And it’s convenient, not to forget ergonomic. It hosts a multifunctional steering wheel, dual zone climate control, AC vents for the rear, keyless entry and 10 way power adjustable driver’s seating. What’s on offer for all trims is auto headlamps, cruise control and puddle lamps. The high-end gets electric parking brake and powered tailgate with height adjustment. Another highlighting feature is the drive mode options which you can select from – Normal, Sport and Eco. The infotainment system is 8 inches and supports AUX, USB, Bluetooth, voice recognition, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This system is connected to four speakers.

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Coming to safety, the Tucson has ABS with EBS, dual airbags which are both standard. The top-end trim comes with curtain and side airbags additionally. Few other features are vehicle stability management (VSM), electronic stability control (ESC), hill assist control (HAC), brake assist, downhill brake control (DBC), rear parking camera, front and rear parking sensors and dynamic guidelines.

Hyundai Tucson

So far, that’s a lot to take in, but wait, there’s more.

What drives this SUV is a 2.0L 4 cylinder dual VTVT petrol engine which produces 152BHP at 6200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The other is a 2.0L 4 cylinder CRDi diesel engine which produces 1822BHPa at 4000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 1750-2750rpm. Both, 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic transmissions will be offered for both engines and it’s a 2WD system for all trims, as of now.

Diesel Engine

2.0-litre CRDi

Max Power

185bhp@4000rpm

Max Torque

400Nm@1750rpm -2750rpm

Petrol Engine

2.0-litre Dual VTVT

Max Power

155bhp@6200rpm

Max Torque

192Nm@4000rpm

Transmission

6-speed Manual &  6-speed Automatic

Drivetrain System

Two-wheel Drive

Petrol Mileage

13.03kmpl (MT) & 12.95kmpl (AT)

Diesel Mileage

18.42kmpl (MT) & 16.38kmpl (AT)

All in all, after being discontinued in 2005, this car is all set to crash and burn the Indian market this time around. Let’s see how that goes.

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