Hyundai Tucson SUV Facelift to take on Jeep Compass; days away from official reveal

Hyundai will soon give the Tucson SUV a facelift, and the vehicle will be showcased at the New York Auto Show, which starts from 28th March. So, we are just days away from the official reveal of the facelifted Tucson. The facelifted model has been spied testing and from the camouflage it has been spotted with, it’s likely that the vehicle will get a new grille with a honeycomb grille, new front bumper, revised headlamps, new design for the alloy wheels and revised tail lamps and rear bumper. These changes are meant to be a mid-life makeover for the Tucson. So, don’t expect anything very radical. It’ll be launched in India next year.

What this means in the Indian context is, the SUV will continue to offer petrol and diesel options. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be on offer. The vehicle will also get a four wheel drive system on the top-end variants. These specifications are similar to what the present Tucson has in the Indian market. The Tucson competes with the Jeep Compass in the Indian market but is priced much higher. We don’t expect this to change with the facelifted model as well. The new SUV will be first launched in the US market, where it will be offered with turbocharged petrol engine options as well.

In India, the 2 liter petrol engine will be naturally aspirated. Peak power and torque ratings of the engine stand at 155 PS and 192 Nm. The diesel engine will be a 2 liter, turbocharged unit with 184 PS of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque. While the diesel Tucson is more powerful than the Compass, it’s much more pricier and this is what is stopping the market from buying thr Tucson despite it wearing a Hyundai badge. The facelift is expected to revive some interest but not by much. To make the new Tucson a big hit in India, Hyundai will have to cut prices in a big way by extensive localization.