Hyundai Tucson: 5 Key Changes

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The facelifted Hyundai Tucson family car launched in SA recently. Take a look at 5 key changes that the latest Tucson brings to the road.

The Tucson is an important model for Hyundai and since its launch in 2016, more than 13 591 units have found homes in South Africa. The Tucson competes in a competitive segment against rivals such as the Toyota Rav4, Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5. Now, Hyundai has refreshed its Tucson range in an effort to improve competitiveness and tighten its grip in this hotly-contested segment.

Take a look at 5 key changes to the Tucson lineup…

1. Hey there good looking...

A bolder-looking Tucson has arrived with Hyundai’s signature cascading grille which gives it a more striking appearance. More so, the model now benefits from new LED headlights, fog lights and skid plates while the front and rear bumpers have also been reworked. A new set of tail lights are seen at the rear while the revised twin tailpipes are particularly attractive. New 19-inch alloy wheels are also on offer for the flagship 1.6 TGDI Elite derivative.

2. Better Interior

The interior of the Tucson has changed substantially and buyers will appreciate the new soft-touch upper dashboard with a double-stitching line that gives the interior a more premium look. A floating 7-inch touchscreen now takes pride of place and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

3. Improved specification

There are 3 trim levels offered on the Tucson starting with the entry-level Premium, mid-spec Executive and range-topping Elite. Safety specification for the Executive and Elite derivatives have now been bolstered with the addition of Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Vehicle Stability Management,  Hill Hold Assist, Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection. A total of 6 airbags are standard across the Tucson range.

In addition to improved safety specification, Hyundai has also included additional standard features such as leather seats, climate control air conditioning and electric driver seat adjustment for Executive derivatives. Elite derivatives further gain features such as a moonroof, electric seats for driver and passenger, push-start button, keyless entry and an additional USB port for rear passengers.   

4. Out with the old, in with the new

The manual 1.7-litre turbodiesel Executive and the manual 1.6 TGDI Executive derivatives have been discontinued and replaced with 2 new automatic derivatives.

The Tucson range is still powered by 3 engines. The entry-level Tucson Premium is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine with 115 kW and 196 Nm of torque and is available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The mid-spec Tucson Executive is offered with 2 engines. The 2.0-litre petrol engine (same as Premium above) is now offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 131 kW and 400 Nm is now mated with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.   

In addition to the engines mentioned above, the range-topping Tucson Elite is also powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine with 130 kW and 265 Nm and mated to a new, in-house developed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Keen Tucson enthusiasts may also have picked up that the 4x4 derivatives have disappeared as well. It seems they were not as popular as the front-wheel drive models and a little on the expensive side. 

5. Hyundai Tucson - Price in SA (September 2018)

Tucson 2.0 Premium (manual) - R399 900

Tucson 2.0 Premium (automatic) -R419 900

Tucson 2.0 Executive (automatic) - R459 900

Tucson 2.0 Elite (automatic) - R499 900

Tucson R2.0 Executive Turbodiesel (automatic) - R529 900

Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite (Dual Clutch Transmission) - R559 900

Tucson R2.0 Elite Turbodiesel (automatic) - R569 900

The Hyundai Tucson is backed by a 5-year/150 000 km vehicle warranty, 7-year/200 000km Drivetrain warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.


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