Hyundai India kickstarted its Auto Expo 2020 with the unveiling of the facelifted Tucson, a flagship SUV from the South Korean automaker for the Indian market. The Hyundai Tucson Facelift is aimed at the Jeep Compass. The five seat SUV is available with both petrol and diesel engine options, both of which are now Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. Prices of the new Hyundai Tucson SUV will be announced at the official launch, which will follow shortly. The SUV continues to be assembled at Hyundai India’s Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai, through the completely knocked down (CKD) route.
The facelifted Tucson gets the new cascading grille design, which is becoming a trademark design element across all Hyundai cars. The front bumper is reprofiled while there’s additional chrome to bling up things. The headlamps and tail lamps now look sharper while the rear bumper and alloy wheel design have also seen revisions. The SUV’s interiors get an all-new 8.0-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Hyundai has also added on-board internet access and the BlueLink app, which brings many ‘connected car’ features to the facelifted Tucson.
Mechanically, the 2020 Hyundai Tucson remains more or less unchanged, save for the engines getting cleaner in order to meet Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms. There are two engines on offer: a 2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol with 154 Bhp-192 Nm outputs, and a 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel with 184 Bhp-400 Nm outputs. Both engines get 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. The monocoque bodied SUV’s petrol variants are front wheel driven while the diesel is offered with both front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts.
The all wheel drive layout gives the Tucson some degree of off-road ability, and the SUV can handle mild off-road trails. However, the vehicle is designed mainly for road use, both in the city and on the highways. The Tucson never really took off in the Indian market despite being a very competent 5 seat SUV with a sturdy build, vast feature-set, well appointed interiors and powerful engines. Through the facelift, Hyundai will be hoping to sell more Tucsons in the hotly competitive Indian market. The Tuscon is larger than its chief competitor – the Jeep Compass, and also offers a much wider sales and service network. If Hyundai can manage to price the 2020 Tucson Facelift close to the Jeep Compass, it’s likely to see a lot more Tucsons flying out of showrooms.