Two new Tucsons – both with turbocharged diesel engines – have been added to Hyundai’s compact SUV range that became a top-seller in its market segment in South Africa since its launch earlier this year.
Brian Joss – The addition of the turbodiesel engines has increased the derivatives in Hyundai’s Tucson range to seven, including the five petrol derivatives available since the launch in March.
Originally launched in 2005, the Hyundai Tucson caught the attention of South Africa SUV buyers and became a firm top-seller in the segment for several years when it was followed its successor, the ix35, in 2009.
“The overall total of 56 408 first generation Tucson and ix35 sales is proof of the popularity of Hyundai’s SUV, and since the launch of the new Tucson earlier in 2016 we have sold an average of more than 600 units per month. That puts us firmly in the top position in this market segment,” said Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
One of the turbodiesel derivatives – on the Executive specification level – is powered by a new 1.7-litre engine that conforms to Euro 6 regulations for clean emissions and delivers 85 kW maximum power at 4 000 r/min. and 280 Nm peak torque between 1 250 and 2 750 r/min. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
The other Tucson turbodiesel is equipped with a full range of standard features at the Elite specification level and uses a 2-litre Euro 2 CRDi engine that delivers 131 kW maximum power at 4 000 r/min., and 400 Nm torque between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min. A six-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the front wheels.
In between is the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite, also with the 2-litre petrol engine and automatic 6-speed transmission, but with a high level of standard features. One step down in terms of standard features is the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Executive, also with the new turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine, but with a manual 6-speed gearbox.
The Executive offers a level of comfort and standard features that fits in between the Premium and Elite offerings.
The two turbodiesel engines take their place next to the naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine and turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine that was introduced with the Tucson in March 2016 in South Africa.
The Tucson design concept incorporates a sleek, urban style combined with the strong ruggedness typical of an SUV.
“Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a distinctive and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille – our brand signature,” says Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group.
Inside, soft-touch, high-quality materials are used across the cabin surfaces, creating a refined cabin ambience. The new horizontal layout of the centre console conveys the car’s elegance while increasing the feeling of roominess.
The Tucson is offered with a range of 10 exterior colours, comprising one solid (Polar White), four metallic (Platinum Silver, Ara Blue, White Sand and Milky Tea) and five pearl colours (Ash Blue, Ultimate Red, Phantom Black, Micron and Pepper Grey).
A number of clever convenience and connectivity features add refinement to the cabin and enhance the on-board experience.
Front seats feature long seat cushions and comes with electric power adjustment for the driver and front passenger in the Elite derivatives, and two-way electric powered lumbar support for the driver’s seat.
The new Tucson is built on a new platform that offers generous interior dimensions. There is an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, continuing the Hyundai tradition for highly efficient packaging.
The interior has been ergonomically designed for intuitive operation. The instrument cluster has been positioned towards the windscreen for excellent visibility and minimum distraction.
Both derivatives are fitted with a sound system with a 3,8-inch display screen as standard equipment. A new seamless DAB+ digital radio with six audio speakers is standard across the Tucson range. Further connectivity is provided through USB and AUX connections for iPod in the centre console, or music can be streamed through a Bluetooth connection.
Hyundai engineers completed durability testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in Germany, supported by the company’s on-site test centre. Equivalent to 180 000 km of everyday driving, the design concentrated on six key areas: steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seats and air-conditioning.