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2021 Hyundai Tucson SUV put through the ‘moose test’

Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer in India. They have a variety of models in their portfolio and premium SUV Tucson is currently their flagship model in India. Tucson has received a generation update and is available in the international markets. Hyundai launched the Tucson facelift in the Indian market last year and the next-gen Tucson is not expected to come to Indian market anytime soon. Here we have a video that shows how the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson performed in a Moose test.

The video has been uploaded by km77.com on their YouTube channel. Moose test is basically a method of testing how fast can a car maneuver or change direction if an obstacle comes in front of it. In this test, the driver swerves car from right lane to left lane avoiding the cones that act as an obstacle that driver faces while on a highway.

This test conducted in multiple runs to find out an ideal speed at which the car can safely maneuver without hitting the cones. In the first attempt, the driver’s are not aware about the reaction of the car. So they carry a speed of 76-77 kmph while entering the section. In the first attempt, the Tucson hit one of the cones which was placed. The video says that they were not that impressed by the reactions of the Tucson at high speeds.

The video mentions that they had done multiple runs at different speeds and two different drivers drove it. Both the drivers could not prevent it from understeering during the test. That is one of the reason why it cannot cross the obstacle without hitting any of the cones. As the car was understeering a lot, the drivers lowered the speed and at 71 kmph, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson cleared the section without hitting any of the cones.

The Hyundai Tucson tested here is the Hybrid (non plug-in) version which comes with 4WD system. Even that did not help it from understeering. The suspension were quite soft and that could be another reason why it behaved like that. At higher speeds, it even prevented the drivers from placing the car to the correct lane. Overall. the results were not that impressive as the all-new Tucson looses control at higher speeds.

Coming back to Tucson, the Hybrid version seen in the video is powered by a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor. Combined power output in this version of Tucson is 230 Ps and 350 Nm of torque. Internationally, Hyundai Tucson is available with 1.6 litre turbo petrol, 2.5 litre petrol, 2.0 litre turbo diesel and the 1.6 litre petrol hybrid engine (both plug-in and non plug-in versions available).

This is the fourth generation Hyundai Tucson and it is entirely different from the current generation that we have in India. It has a longer wheelbase and offers a lot more features than before. Fifth generation Tucson when launched in India is expected to come with both petrol and diesel engine options. It is highly unlikely that Hyundai might bring the hybrid version to keep the prices low.