Hyundai Tucson Sport gets aggressive body kit and remapped ECU on the 1.6 petrol engine to boost the performance by 27 PS and 30 Nm
Hyundai positioned the Tucson right in the centre of being a not-so Fortuner rival but it does appeal for prospective buyers in the price bracket of Innova Crysta. It is more like a Hexa with its in-the-middle attitude on being a rival of Innova as well as the premium SUVs like Fortuner and Endeavour with its clever pricing (Rs. 19 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh) and it was a premeditated move considering the underwhelming response for Santa Fe.
Around the world, automakers concentrate on upping a brand name by pushing the mechanical limits of a standard SUV and come up with sport variants. It has not sparked well in the Indian market primarily due to the additional pricing the upscale products would ask for. However, the Tucson Sport, launched in South Africa recently would show us what we miss from factory cosmetic tinkering.
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On the back of Hyundai preparing to sell its first volume produced N performance hotter vehicle based on the latest generation i30 hatchback with around 300 hp, the popular Tucson was subjected to some defined sporty aesthetics. The Tucson Sport is based on the 1.6 T Executive grade that derives power from a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 177 PS max power and 265 Nm peak torque.
The compelling bold body kit consists of gleaming 19-inch black alloy wheels with wider tyres, black lower body cladding, side skirts and bumper extensions among other intriguing bits. Round the back, there is a quad exhaust pipe hinting at the mechanical upgrades Hyundai has installed in with the Tucson Sport.
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The ECU of the petrol engine has been remapped and the particulates are sent out through a free flow exhaust unit allowing for 27 PS and 30 Nm increase in performance outputs. Driving all four wheels is through a six-speed manual gearbox. Due to the added boost in engine outputs, the Tucson Sport must be capable of doing 0-100 kmph in under 9 seconds whilst topping out over 200 kmph.
Hyundai Tucson Sport Images