The Hyundai Tucson needs no introduction. As one of the best selling SUV’s on the road, you need only look around when driving to know that this claim is not exaggerated. The new Hyundai Tucson has recently been introduced into the Hyundai range, featuring a few cosmetic changes to the version that was first launched late in 2005.
Styling changes for new Hyundai TucsonWhile the most of the changes have been made to the interior of the vehicle, the most significant exterior change is the addition of colour coded bumpers to selected colours of the 2-litre manual version.
The inner lenses of the headlamps have been changed from clear to amber, and the new look Tucson sports a stylish new wheel design. The rear number plate surround is more distinctive, as is the radiator grille.
Interior changes include an updated instrument cluster, a forward tilting headrest, single height adjuster for the front seats, and redesigned cup holders that feature better grip and reduce vibration.
Standard features on the Tucson include: ABS & EBD, cruise control, power steering and central locking, electric windows, TRC (Trip Computer), luggage net, roof carrier, climate control, front loading CD & MP3 player, dual airbags, leather upholstery and alloy wheels.
The 2.0 CRDi and 2.7 V6 models feature “On Demand 4WD”. In normal driving, the vehicle is driven mostly by the front wheels where the torque is split in 80-20% front – rear. As the front wheel traction decreases, the power sent to the rear wheels will increase for better traction stability. When the 4WD lock button is pressed, the 4WD will engage permanently, as long as the vehicle speed is less than 30 km/h.
The new Hyundai Tucson also comes with a Traction Control System. The system reads vehicle conditions, and then transfers the power to the wheels with traction. This will allow you to pull off or accelerate in wet and slippery conditions.
The new look Tucson also features Hyundai’s famous 5 year/150 000km full manufacturer’s warranty, as well as a 3 year/60 000km full maintenance plan.