On 14th November 2016, Korean carmaker, Hyundai Motor India Pvt Ltd will introduce the Tucson SUV. It will fill the gap between the Creta and Santa Fe and this is the second time the company will be launching the car. The earlier generation Tucson was launched in 2005 and discontinued in 2010 due to sloping sales. This time though, there are a number of changes for India and let's find out what's new.
The Hyundai Tucson has been designed on Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy. A large hexagonal grille with dual projector headlamp unit add a chic character of the car. Despite its large proportions on paper (4,475 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,645 mm in height), the Tucson has an elegant proportion. We feel the Tucson hides its bulky proportions quite well. It is available in nine paint schemes in the USA and it is expected that the same colour options will be available in India.
Engines and Transmissions
Internationally, the Hyundai Tucson comes with a host of engine options that include a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel unit. However, for India, the Hyundai Tucson is expected to share its engine and transmission options with the Elantra. So, when launched, the SUV will be available with a 1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine and a 2.0-litre Nu petrol motor. These engines are expected to be mated to 6-speed automatic and manual transmissions.
The luxury SUV from Hyundai is expected to have a host of features including electronic parking brake, steering mounted audio controls, an Android Auto/Apple CarPlay infotainment system, hands-free tailgate or Smart tailgate system, electrically adjustable seats and a lot more. Leather upholstery on the seats and a leather finished dashboard will add to the plush feel.
In sync with the company's approach to safety, the Hyundai Tucson will come with SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags, ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and more. Models on sale in the USA also have Autonomous Braking System, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning System and cornering lights. We expected these features to also make it into the India versions.
Expected Price: The Hyundai Tucson is expected to be priced between Rs 19 lakh to Rs 24 lakh, ex-showroom. Bookings for the SUV has already begun with a down payment of Rs 25,000.