Hyundai Motor India had showcased the new Tucson premium SUV model in India at the Auto Expo 2016 in the month of February. Hyundai Motor India, the second largest car maker of India will be launching the Tucson premium SUV model in India in order to expand its footprint in the vast and ever growing SUV market of India. The launch of the new Hyundai Tucson will also be the resurrection of the Tucson brand in the domestic car market of India, as the first generation Tucson model was offered for sale in India which had to be discontinued by the company owing to poor sales. Ahead of its official launch in India which is slated to happen during this year’s festive season, the vehicle has been snapped recently while testing on the roads of Brazil. The test mule of the Tucson though in a fully camouflaged form could not hide its bold new design language.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson premium SUV flaunts a new styling language and despite the heavy camouflage, the spied test mule of the SUV did look similar to the one which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The front fascia of the new Hyundai Tucson flaunts a new patent hexagonal shaped grille that is flanked by stylish headlights and LED daytime running lights. The SUV also boasts of big as well as bold bumper design which houses a pair of stylish fog lights as well as two lighting elements. The side profile of the new Tucson is also sporty and the sloping roofline adds to the style and mean factor of the vehicle. The rear end of the SUV is also sculpted and its attractive and sleek tail lights complete the vehicle’s overall masculine styling.
On the inside, the new Hyundai Tucson offers premium upholstery, a large 8 inch touchscreen infotainment along with navigation system, a 4.2 inch driver information display and 8-way power adjustable ventilated front seats among many others. In terms of safety, the new Hyundai Tucson comes with many advanced safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, electronic parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring system, Static Cornering Lights, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist, etc.
Internationally, the Hyundai Tucson comes with two a wide range of engine options – 1.6L GDI petrol unit that generates 135 bhp of power and a 1.6L T-GDI petrol mill that offers 176 bhp and 1.7L diesel motor that delivers 115 bhp, a 2L unit power that generates 184 bhp. There are transmission choices of a manual and 7 speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be positioned above the Creta and below the Santa Fein India and is likely to be priced in the range of Rs. 18 to Rs. 24 lakhs. This current global model of the Tucson is in its third generation and is expected to get ample amount of success post its Indian market launch this time around and further boost Hyundai India’s sales.