Hyundai will be launching the new Tucson SUV next week. The Tucson brand name will thus be making a comeback to the Indian industry after it was first introduced way back in 2005. The vehicle will be placed between Creta and the Santa Fe and will be the third SUV in their product line up. Though the launch is only next week, engine specs and variant details of the new Tucson have been leaked ahead of the launch.
What is it?
The Tucson is a 5 seat SUV that will take on the Honda CR-V and the Renault Koleos, since those are the only other 5 seat SUVs in the market currently. It is more of a soft roader than a hardcore SUV.
The Tucson will come with 2 engine options, a petrol and a diesel. The petrol will be the same engine on the newly launched Elantra. It is the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder unit which produces 150 Bhp and 195 Nm. The diesel on the other hand will be an all new 2.0 liter one that produces 182 Bhp. These will be offered with manual and automatic transmission options, like most Hyundais.
From what is known, there will be a total of 5 trim levels on offer over the petrol and diesel versions. 2 petrol and 3 diesels will be on offer. The petrol will come in G and GL trims where as the diesel will get the G, GL and GLS trim levels. According to a person who has pre-booked the vehicle, the G trim is the manual where as the GL and GLS trims will only come with the autobox.
The vehicle is fitted with 18″ tyres and will be offered in a total of 5 colour options. On the features front, the top end gets e-park brake, powered tail gate, dual barrel headlamps, LED DRLs, hill descent control, auto hold and the option to change driving modes like on the Elantra. There is also an 8″ touch screen infotainment system with navigation and Apple car play/ Andriod auto.
Pricing is not yet known since the vehicle hasn’t been launched yet. But it is expected to start around the Rs 18-20 lakh mark where the top of the line Creta ends. The first lot of vehicles has already reached dealerships across the country.