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Hyundai Tucson Overview

Hyundai has unveiled the 2019 Tucson facelift more power and a host of new tech on offer.The Hyundai Tucson facelift comes with new headlmaps, DRLs and a cascading front grille. The grille now features four chrome slat instead of three on the predecessor, while the fog lamp housing and bumper has also been revised on the model. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson also gets a more seamless looking taillight design, while the reflectors have moved up on the tailgate in-line with the number plate holder.

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is a mid life-cycle update to the SUV, but brings a major upgrade to the interior. The centre console has seen a major overhaul with a new floating touchscreen infotainment system in place that now rises from the dashboard similar to that of the new Kona. The air vents have also been moved below the touchscreen unit instead of flanking the display. The cabin also boasts of a revised instrument cluster and an electronic parking brake thrown in the mix. Under the hood, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson continues to get the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 164 bhp and 204 Nm of peak torque.

Hyundai has introduced a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 181 bhp, which replaces the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 175 bhp that was previously available on the model. Both the 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre mills come paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission in the US. Hyundai will be introducing the 2019 Tucson facelift in the US towards the end of this year. The updated SUV can be expected to make its way to the Indian market sometime in 2019.

Hyundai Tucson Style

The new Tucson is based on Hyundai’s familiar Fluidic Design 2.0 design language and hence features a busy design. There is a strong interplay of sharp creases on the vehicle, which gives the vehicle a futuristic and dynamic visual character. Overall, the design looks similar the larger Santa Fe but looks distinct enough to not be mistaken for a Santa Fe. The sleek swept-back headlamps flank a large chrome grille, giving the front an imposing stance. The headlamps consist of LED DRLs and projectors and below them in the bumper are the sleek fog lamps.

The side profile too is attractive and features a strong rising shoulder line and square-ish wheel arches. The showstopper at the side, however, are the 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 225-section tyres, thereby filling the wheel arch well. At the rear, the tail lamps resemble the Elite i20 but have a different cluster design. The prominent spoiler along with a protruding tail gate and twin-chrome exhaust tips give the Tucson a premium and attractive look. Overall, Hyundai designers have hardly put a foot wrong with the design of the Tucson and have delivered a striking and smart SUV.

Hyundai Tucson Space

Move into the cabin and the dual-tone interiors welcome the occupants in a warm manner. People familiar with the Creta will find similarities inside the cabin as the Tucson’s interiors look like a more premium version of the Creta. There’s an 8-inch colour touchscreen in the centre console and it offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for seamless connectivity between smartphones and the vehicle. The screen offers good clarity and visibility under direct sunlight too is decent. The unit is easy to control but the touch response time is a bit slow, which is the case with the new Elantra as well. A good thing about the navigation display is that closer to an oncoming turn, the screen displays a split-view, wherein the next planned change in direction is displayed prominently for the driver’s convenience. Connectivity is impressive with the options list including Bluetooth, FM, Aux-in and USB. There are a couple of 12v sockets in the front and one in the boot compartment.Check for Hyundai Tucson price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Below the touchscreen is the climate controls for the air-conditioner, which also comes with a cluster ioniser purifying system. This is a notable inclusion, given the alarming pollution levels in our metropolitan cities. The driver’s seat can be adjusted electrically, while the co-passenger seat features manual adjustment. Storage space is well-designed and one can easily place 1 litre bottles in the door pockets. In addition, there is a generous amount of space under the armrest and the glovebox, which has a chiller function. The Tucson misses out on a sunroof and the impressive seat-cooling system seen on the new Elantra but these are not likely to be deal breakers for most buyers in the segment. The rear-view mirror features auto-dimming and a digital compass, of which the latter doesn’t serve any specific purpose as the Tucson doesn’t come with a four-wheel drive system for now.

In terms of space, the Tucson turned out to be impressive as the front seats are adequately sized and will keep even large occupants comfortable. Leg room and head room at the rear is good and although the roof has a sloping design, headroom isn’t compromised considerably. Boot space is adequate for those weekend trips and the tail gate can be operated electrically. Interestingly, the tail gate will open automatically, when it sense the smart key in proximity for about three seconds. Thankfully, one doesn’t need to wave their foot under the rear bumper, which in itself can be quite embarassing in public, especially when trying multiple times.

Overall material quality and fit and finish levels are impressive and there isn’t any place, which reflects cost-cutting. This has been a strength of Hyundai in the recent years and with every new model, they seem to be getting better.

Hyundai Tucson Performance

Considering the price point that the Hyundai Tucson is placed at, it had to have a diesel engine with an automatic gearbox. And that is exactly what it gets – a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 182PS of peak power and 400Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that gets a sports and eco mode as we mentioned earlier and is a proper torque convertor unit instead of the more popular AMT that is being adopted by everyone. With 182bhp, you would expect the Tucson to be quick in a straight line and it is. It wont win any drag races but is definitely quicker than almost every other SUV in its segment or even a segment above it. The gearbox too shifts smoothly and has no shift shock. A set of paddle shifters on the steering wheel would have been ideal. You could also choose to have a 6-speed manual with the diesel engine but honestly, in this segment, automatic is the way to go.To know more information on Hyundai Tucson visit Midasedu

The petrol engine is also a 2.0-litre unit with both a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic on offer. The engine makes 152bhp of peak power and 192Nm of peak torque and we will get you a detailed review of how it drives very soon.Hyundai Tucson mileage is quite decent in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol manual and automatic variants deliver an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 13.03 kmpl and 12.95 kmpl, respectively, while the diesel counterparts return 18.42 kmpl and 16.38 kmpl, respectively.

Hyundai Tucson Driving

The diesel mill of Hyundai Tucson is pretty refined and smooth, though it lacks a bit of power that the driver vouch for during mid revs. The petrol engine also works decently and the gear ratios are well balanced. It sails effortlessly on the highways and with the fairly-responsive steering wheel, handling is at par with the competitors.

Hyundai Tucson Safety

Hyundai Tucson has received the highest 5-star safety rating from the EURO NCAP in 2015, and it won the Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in the USA from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). As for the safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, ESP with VSM, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), first-in-segment Downhill Brake Control (DBC), ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, height-adjustable front seatbelts, speed-sensing auto door lock, impact-sensing auto door unlock, 3-point ELR seatbelt, etc., to name a few.

Hyundai Tucson Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Tucson On Road Price is 22,75,201/- and Ex-showroom Price is 18,73,975/- in Chennai. Hyundai Tucson comes in 5 colours, namely Wine Red,Phantom Black,Sleek Silver,Pure White,Star Dust. Hyundai Tucson comes with 2WD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 153 bhp@6200 rpm and Peak Torque 192 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Tucson comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Hyundai Tucson Conclusion

The Hyundai Tucson is a well-designed and well-engineered SUV, which has been launched to plug the gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe. It has a spacious cabin with loads of features and a powerful engine with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. In terms of safety too the Tucson is impressive and matches some of the more expensive European SUVs too. Does that mean the Tucson is a winner? The answer to that is largely yes, considering the Tucson has been launched between Rs 18.99 to 24.99 lakh. For the kit it offers, one cannot question the price-tag as it comfortably undercuts the Honda CR-V, the Tucson’s only direct competitor. The larger Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner aren’t close to the Tucson so the company’s hopes of selling between 500 to 700 units a month should turn out to be fine. Another winner from Hyundai? Our answer is a resounding Yes!

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