The all-new Hyundai Tucson delivers the goods to make a definitive statement amongst premium SUV offerings in India.
Heralding Hyundai’s premium product portfolio in India, the Tucson arrives here in its third generation avatar.
The lower premium SUV is already off to a great start, having garnered over 200 bookings within three days of being launched.
With Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, the Tucson is a handsome vehicle with clean lines and a sporty stance.
Large headlights fitted with dual barrel LEDs, a large trapezoidal chrome grille, fog lamps with LED DRLs, 18-inch alloys and neat looking 3-D rear combination lamps add to its appeal. And with those twin trapezoidal chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, shark-fin antenna and a well integrated rear spoiler, it’s a hard vehicle to ignore on the road.
The kitted-out premium cabin is characterised by the two-tone dashboard, well-integrated instrument cluster and centre console, and premium fit and finish. There’s also ample headroom, legroom and comfortable seating for all five passengers. The reclinable rear bench comes with a 60:40 split. You also get the whole nine yards in terms of creature comforts. Highlights beyond the usual include steering-mounted cruise control, a cooled glove box, Arkamys sound system, and a hands-free tailgate open feature.
Under the hood
The petrol engine option is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder unit which generates 155bhp at 6,200rpm and a respectable 196Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.
The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder CRDi diesel unit however pumps out a solid 185bhp at 4,000 rpm and a whopping 408Nm of turning force from 1,750 – 2,750rpm.
As per the ARAI test cycle, the petrol version with the 6-speed manual gearbox delivers 13.03kmpl, while the automatic version yeilds 12.95kmpl.
Meanwhile, the diesel engine delivers 18.42kmpl and 16.38kmpl, mated to the manual and automatic transmissions, respectively.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), ABS with EBD, brake assist, hill start assist control, downhill brake control and 6 airbags are all part of the safety package.
Further, its advanced high-strength steel build, reinforced with structural adhesive, has contributed to its five-star EuroNCAP rating.
At its current price point in India, the Tucson is a formidable package. It does everything just right and is a great option for a five-seater SUV that combines class and performance with sporty appeal.
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—Vikram Gour @VikramGour