Unveiled less than two years ago, Hyundai’s local branch has officially confirmed the price and specs of the all-new, fourth-generation Tucson.
The first model of the South Korean brand that touch down With the newly redesigned Sensual Sportiness design language, the Tucson also introduces the brand’s N3 platform, which is said to be stiffer than before, alongside a better level of refinement and efficiency.
With an overall length of 4,630mm, the Tucson is 150mm longer than its predecessor, and a wheelbase of 2,755mm means an 85mm gain.
The Tucson has been widened by 15mm to 1,865mm and with a height of 5mm at 1,665mm, the Tucson is also more spacious with 51 liters more luggage space to a total of 539 liters with the rear seats up.
At 181mm, the claimed ground clearance has increased by ninemm, with the towing capacity of the braked trailer increasing from just 1,650kg to 1,900kg, regardless of engine option.
On the model front, Hyundai has stuck to the familiar three-tier monikers; Premium, Executive and Elite, with a choice of two engines and two transmissions. Unlike previous generations, driving no longer goes to all four corners, as Hyundai has opted for a front-wheel drive only layout.
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The Premium starts with the lineup of four models and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with a spec sheet that includes:
- cruise control;
- electric mirrors with heating element;
- LED daytime running lights;
- heated front seats;
- reversing camera;
- cloth chairs;
- wireless smartphone charger;
- 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto;
- front and rear parking sensors;
- leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel;
- 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster display;
- Electronic stability control;
- Hill Start Assist;
- six airbags
- Downhill brake control
If we bring one up, the Executive swaps out the 17-inch wheels for 18-inch alloy wheels, while also getting full-LED headlights and automatic climate control. Further items include:
- folding electric mirrors;
- artificial leather upholstery;
- electrically adjustable driver’s seat;
- windshield wipers for rain;
- roof rails;
- power windows up/down at the touch of a button;
- Blind spot detection;
- Crossing traffic warning at the back
To complete the range, the Elite is equipped with adaptive cruise control, a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel similar to the stariaplus the following:
- 19-inch alloy wheels;
- ventilated front seats;
- heated steering wheel;
- start button;
- electrically adjustable passenger seat;
- tire pressure monitor;
- panoramic sunroof;
- Keyless access;
- Four-position drive mode selector (Eco, Smart, Normal and Sport);
- Driver warning;
- Lane keeping aid;
- Help avoiding blind spots;
- Collision avoidance assistance;
- Lane Keeping Assist
In a reversal of the European model, Hyundai has eschewed the slimmed-down T-GDI petrol and turbo diesel engines, with and without mild-hybrid assistance, for two 2.0-litre units carried over from the previous Tucson.
The standard engine on all three trim levels, the naturally aspirated petrol, has been improved internally but continues to produce 115 kW/192 Nm. The only transmission option mentioned is a six-speed automatic.
In the diesel field, the equally improved R-series oil burner is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, albeit with a higher output than its predecessor up to 137 kW/416 Nm. Unlike the rest of the range, the diesel can also be specified on the Elite.
In terms of color, a total of seven shades are offered;
- white cream;
- titanium gray;
- glittering silver;
- Silky bronze;
- Phantom Black;
- Deep sea;
Standard across the range is a seven year/200,000 km warranty and a six year/90,000 km service plan.
- Tucson 2.0 Premium AT – R519 900
- Tucson 2.0 Executive AT – R569 900
- Tucson 2.0 Elite AT – R634 900
- Tucson 2.0D Elite AT – R699 900