Hyundai is set to introduce its new Tucson SUV in South Africa this week. The new release would be replacing the ix35 which also replaced the original Tucson of 2005.
This Tucson is built on a completely new platform with its design thoroughly changed to meet the modern trend on the outside and inside and Hyundai believes its “new level of sophistication” will ensure it stays one of the favorites in its crowded market segment where it goes up against the likes of the Toyota Rav4 and Ford Kuga.
One fascinating thing about the new combo is its soft touch material with an improved visibility. According to Hyundai, Its additional padding and stiffer structure helps it make less noise vibration and harshness while the upgraded chassis aims to improve the ride without compromising road holding.
For those who worry a lot about how much petrol their cars consume, the new model solves it all as has it has a 1.6-litre direct injection turbo petrol, rated at 130kW and 265Nm which differentiates it from other models with a traditional normally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine, with 115kW and 196Nm on tap.
Its two engines has a six-speed manual gearbox, but the auto-shifting options differ as the 2-litre offers a conventional six-speed automatic while the 1.6T can be had with a new seven-speed dual-clutch DCT unit. It also comes with the range-topping Elite specification and this is the only model fitted with all-wheel drive, which also has a lock mode for trickier surfaces, which works at up to 40km/h.
Its six-speaker DAB+ sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels and six airbags is quite mouth-watering and in fact irresistible. let alone the range-topping Elite spec, with a 2.0 FWD or 1.6T AWD, large display screen, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic sunroof and larger alloy wheels (18″ on the 2.0 and 19″ on 1.6T).
The mid-sped Executive comes with the 1.6T engine with manual transmission and front wheel drive. It also has a standard kit which includes black imitation leather with electric adjustment for front occupants, auto headlights, dual zone climate control and a reverse camera.
Hyundai offers you a three specification grades which you have to choose from based on which engine-gearbox pairing you choose.
1.6 TGDi Elite DCT AWD – R499 900
1.6 TGDi Executive manual – R419 900
2.0 Nu Elite auto – R439 900
2.0 Nu Premium auto – R379 900
2.0 Nu Premium manual – R359 900
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