The new-generation 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV made its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and was first launched at the auto major’s home country of Korea. Described by Hyundai as the “future” as it’s designed on the latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 language with styling cues taken from the bigger brother Santa Fe, the Tucson SUV crossover is in its third generation and is being offered in India via CKD route.
The SUV comes only with two-wheel drive system in both petrol and diesel options. Although AWD doesn’t account for big sales, it’s sort of mandatory for a SUV to boast its credibilities. Media reports say the Tucson will be offered with AWD on the diesel 2.0L CRDI engine from October with added equipment to appeal for customers who might switch to Endeavour or Fortuner feeling that the Tucson is less equipped.
It marks the second stint for the Tucson on Indian scenes as the first generation model introduced in 2005 was discontinued within five years due to the mediocre sales. It sits between the recently launched and highly appreciated Hyundai Creta SUV and the brand’s flagship Santa Fe SUV model.
Can the new generation model evoke interest among customers and do what the original version floundered with? We will find an answer soon but before that here we have compiled all the essential details of the mid-size SUV which made its first appearance in India at the 13th biennial Auto Expo:
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Price
The prices of the Hyundai Tucson SUV starts from Rs. 18.99 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It will be imported as CKD kits and assembled at Hyundai’s manufacturing plants in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. To bring the costs down, the South Korean company could localise parts up to 50%.
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
|2WD MT Petrol||Rs. 18.99 lakh|
|2WD AT GL Petrol||Rs. 21,79 lakh|
|2WD MT Diesel||Rs. 21.59 lakh|
|2WD AT GL||Rs. 23.48 lakh|
|2WD AT GLS||Rs. 24.99 lakh|
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Engine, Performance and Mileage
At the Auto Expo 2016, the Tucson arrived with a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol unit and a smaller 1.0-litre engine. But the production-spec model will have a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel and 2.0-litre dual VTVT petrol. The diesel engine develops 182 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm at 1,750-2,750 rpm. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 18.42 kmpl for the manual variants and 16.38 kmpl for the automatic counterpart.
The Hyundai Tucson 2.0L petrol generates 153 bhp at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Its fuel economy is rated at 13.03 kmpl for the manual and 12.95 kmpl for the automatic gearbox equipped model. Both engines will be paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. No four-wheel drive system on offer as power is sent to front wheels only.
Competing against the new Nissan Qashqai internationally, the SUV/crossover is the successor to the iX35 and has both naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol, 1.7-litre diesel and 2.0-litre 4WD diesel there. The three transmission systems featured in foreign markets are a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Dimensions
The five-seater Hyundai Tucson measures about a wheelbase of 2,670 mm; 4,475 mm in length; 1,850 mm in width and 1,655 mm in height with fuel tank capacity of 62 litres and generous bootspace of 513 litres.
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Exterior
With its prominent hexagonal front grille flanked by the extended front dual-barrel LED headlamps that run to the fenders and heavily sculpted side profile, the Tucson crossover is a bit of a looker with its curvy roofline and long bonnet structure. The sloping roofline has given it a sport coupe stance and has sleeker horizontal flowing lines to emphasise its overall profile with a sturdier appearance.
It features 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, sharp character lines, side body cladding, blackened glass area. The rear fascia sports wide and sleek taillights, roof spoiler, shark fin antenna, muscular bumper, skid plate. Overall the car incorporates Hyundai’s latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Interior and Features
The interiors are not as awe-inspiring as the exterior design with a simply laid out dashboard split in to two parts. The cabin comprises of six-airbag system, powered tailgate that can be operated with a simple foot action of the owner, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, horizontal air vents, traditional buttons and dials, ventilated and heated seats, drive mode select, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and go, electric parking brake, rear AC vents, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, etc.
Hyundai Tucson SUV Safety Features
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has a slew of safety features like six-airbags, park assist, Static bending lights (SBL), ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, Autonomous emergency braking (AEB), Advanced traction cornering control (ATCC), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), Blind spot detection (BSD), Lane departure warning system (LDWS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Hyundai Tucson SUV Key Rivals
With its price tag, it could send alarming waves to the sales of its traditional rival Honda CR-V whilst the segment leader Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour along with Chevrolet Trailblazer and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport are other key competitors.
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