Car aficionados and SUV lovers particularly, would remember that Hyundai launched the earlier generation of Tuscon in our car market during its initial days. However, thanks to a high price tag and lack of enough goodies, the car could never really take the sales charts by storm.
The latest generation of the Tucson, which also sells under the ix35 moniker in some countries, has got a mid-life facelift and has been showcased at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
The car gets minor visual updates on the outside and the list of these changes includes new Bi-Xenon headlamps with the quintessential LED Day Time Running Lamps, new front grill and a set of new design mag wheels.
On the inside, the Tucson facelift comes with TFT supervision instrument cluster, new touchscreen center console and an upholstery change. The car also comes with ‘FLEX STEER’ technology which offers three modes- Comfort, Normal and Sport – for the steering feedback.
The car gets a new ‘Nu’ 2.0-litre GDI motor that replaces the old ‘Theta-II’ 2.0-litre petrol engine. The new power plant has a max power output of 166hp and is highly more efficient than the motor it replaces. The diesel variant continues to be powered by a 2.0L CRDI motor that has received a technological update in the guise of LP-EGR (low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation).
The Korean car maker has currently no intention of introducing the new Hyundai Tuscon into the fast emerging Indian car market and is instead focussed on readying the all new Santa Fe for its India launch.