Hyundai Tucson Sport Gains AWD Auto

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Hyundai South Africa has introduced a second Tucson Sport, this time fitted with more features and a dual-clutch gearbox. Here are the specs and price of the Hyundai AWD Tucson Sport.

Despite its ostentatious looks and loud exhaust which polarised opinions in our office, the Hyundai Tucson Sport has clearly been selling well and Hyundai South Africa is keen to expand on its success by adding another Tucson Sport derivative to the range. This time around it's the 1.6-litre turbocharged Elite model which gains the Sport treatment. The Elite trim means more features as standard while the addition of a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox adds to the appeal. 

The Tucson Sport is finding favor with buyers and Hyundai now welcomes a high-specification Tucson Sport to the range.  

“We have sold more than 50 Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport models in July, within little more than a month after its launch. These figures vindicated our decision to offer a derivative with sporty overtones and a body kit that made the good-looking Tucson even more attractive,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa. “Some of our customers requested this same body kit and engine power upgrade to be applied to our top-of-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite All-Wheel Drive derivative with its dual clutch transmission. It convinced us to add another Tucson Sport derivative to our range.”

It's easy to spot the Hyundai Tucson Sport, with its body kit, black 19-inch wheels and bold exhaust pipes. Underneath the bonnet is a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol motor packing 150 kW and 295 Nm. However, in this derivative, power goes to all four wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox.

Elite trim means you get more features as standard including a sun roof and a host of convenience, safety and luxury items like an 8-inch screen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone linking and music streaming, as well as a CD player, USB and AUX music input and several settings for FM and AM radio reception. A rear view camera in conjunction with rear park assist is also standard. Additional convenience features include cruise control, rain sensors for the automatic windscreen wipers, an automatic air-conditioning system, electrically adjusted leather seats and multifunction controls on the steering wheel.

The styling kit is limited to the exterior design while the interior follows the direction of the standard Tucson 1.6T Elite.

In terms of safety features, the Hyundai Tucson Sport boasts Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), an Advanced Brake System (ABS) to prevent the brakes from locking up in an emergency stop, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and a full set of driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags. Hyundai's Tucson came away with a 5-star safety rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP).

Hyundai Tucson Sport - Price in South Africa

The Hyundai Tucson Sport is sold with a 7-year/200 000 km warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km, and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set  at 15 000 km.

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD - R599 900

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