2019 Hyundai Tucson gets updated exterior for improved sporty presence; could enter Indian market sometime early next year
Hyundai has revealed facelifted version of the Tucson crossover and as expected it does not depart by a country mile compared to its predecessor. It is one of the top-selling models for the South Korean auto major in international markets and updating it is essential in having the ball rolling.
Unveiled at the 2018 NYIAS (New York International Auto Show), the 2019 Hyundai Tucson comes equipped with new headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, reworked bumpers up front and rear, revised tail lamps, etc. Overall, the cosmetic modifications do bring added dynamism to the premium sporty crossover. In the United States market, two engine options have been made available to customers.
One is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit which produces a maximum power output of 164 hp and 205 Nm of peak torque while the other is the range-topping 2.4-litre four-cylinder mill kicking out 181 hp and 237 Nm torque. It replaces the 1.6-litre turbo motor and produces 6 hp more but the torque rating is reduced by 28 Nm. The facelifted Hyundai Tucson range comprises of five different variants namely Value, SE, SEL, Sport and Limited.
The entry-level Value and SE are retailed only with the 2.0-litre engine while the other variants receive the new 2.4-litre mill. The important safety features present as standard are Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Avoidance while optionally buyers can go for High Beam Assist, Rain Sensing wipers, Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise with Stop and Go, Driver attention warning, Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection, etc.
In India, the Tucson is sold in six variants and comes priced between Rs. 20.73 lakh and 29.86 lakh (on-road, New Delhi). The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged diesel mill develops 182 bhp and 400 Nm and is mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The 153bhp, 192Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol makes 153 bhp and 192 Nm and is also connected to six-speed manual and automatic options.
The Tucson gets only the front-wheel drive setup in all but AT GLS Diesel variant. Competing against the likes of Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V, the facelifted Tucson is expected to enter Indian shores sometime early next year.