The 2019 Hyundai Tucson facelift carries an updated exterior, refreshed interior and even some new features
The recently launched Tata Harrier has successfully taken the SUV segment by a storm with its modern looks, a long list of features and attractive pricing. Even the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass have been doing quite well. The Hyundai Tucson, however, is a premium small SUV that needs a major shot in its arm to gain more popularity.
Hyundai Motor India Ltd is planning to do just that and will soon release the 2019 Hyundai Tucson facelift in the country. The mid-life facelift for the premium small SUV was
unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show and features an updated exterior and interior.
On the outside, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson facelift comes with a sleeker set of headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, updated bumpers, and new tail lamps. Thanks to the new styling bits, the Tucson facelift looks bolder and more upmarket than the current version.
In the US market, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson facelift is available with two engine options. One of these is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that produces a max. power of 164 hp and a peak torque of 205 Nm, while the other one is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder motor that outputs 181 hp and 237 Nm. The latter replaces the 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor of the pre-facelift version and offers a power advantage of 6 hp. However, it offers 28 Nm of lesser torque.
In India, the current version of the Hyundai Tucson is sold in a price range of Rs 18.75 – 26.95 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available with two 2.0-litre engine options. The diesel engine outputs 182 bhp and 400 Nm, while the petrol version offers 153 bhp and 192 Nm. Both the engine options can be ordered with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In India, the Hyundai Tucson is available only with a front-wheel drive setup in all models except the AT GLS Diesel version. The facelift, which is only months away from its launch, should help HMIL have another shot at the likes of Jeep Compass and Tata Harrier.