The new Hyundai Tucson is slated for an India launch in August / September 2016. Showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the new Tucson would plug the gap between the Creta and the ultra premium Santa Fe for the Indian market. Motoroids reader and fan, Vasanth Hariragavan has shared this image of the premium SUV caught testing in Chennai.
In its third generation now, the Tucson is a contemporary SUV, featuring a modern design. The angular, sculpted machine gets a hexagonal-shaped grille, high-efficiency LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) up front. Dimensionally, the new model gets an inch extra of wheelbase for increased interior space, better ride and enhanced design proportions.
At the rear, the car gets a Z-shaped character line above the rear wheels. The rear, as a whole gets a wide, sporty stance. The taillights also utilize LED technology, while also somewhat reminding us of the Elite i20’s jewel shaped lighting pattern.
On the inside, the new Tucson gets a premium, leather-wrapped instrument panel with a wide look. A leather-stitched pad is located near the driver’s right knee, for better comfort during long commutes or spirited cornering. The car also gets premium, soft-touch materials, and a full-length panoramic sunroof as an option. Infotainment is taken care of by a standard five-inch color LCD display with rearview camera and touchscreen function. For audiophiles, Tucson also offers an available 405-watt, AM/FM/SiriusXM premium audio system with eight speakers.
The 2016 Tucson gets enhanced passenger space and more cargo room over the previous model. The rear liftgate opening has been enlarged in every dimension, for greater cargo flexibility. The 60/40 rear seatbacks have a greater range of adjustable recline for varying combinations of passengers and cargo.
2016 Tucson also offers Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to customize their Tucson’s dynamic responses, such as steering feel, transmission and overall powertrain responsiveness.
For India, Hyundai will introduce the Tucson with both petrol and diesel engines. Hyundai may introduce its 1.4 turbo as the petrol motor of choice for India. The petrol engine is available with a dual clutch auto internationally. As regards diesel, there are two choices, a 1.7-diesel and a 2.0 diesel with an output of 114hp and 182 hp respectively. The diesel engines will come equipped only with a six speed manual unit to start with.
Initially, the Tucson will be brought as a CBU, with the company targeting a moderate 40-50 percent localization level at a later point in time. Expect the prices to range between 17-22 lakhs depending on the variant and fuel type.
Check out a huge image gallery of the new Hyundai Tucson below.