Hyundai Tucson, the long awaited premium crossover-SUV from the South Korean carmaker is set to be launched in India on October 24. The car will go on sale right around the time of Diwali, which will allow Hyundai to cash in on the festive mood with the new Tucson. Considering the recent surge in SUV sales in India, Hyundai couldn’t have found a better time to launch the SUV in India. In fact, early this year, Hyundai even showcased the new-gen Tucson at the 2016 Auto Expo, where it announced its decision to launch the SUV this year in India.
Hyundai first launched the Tucson SUV in 2004 and brought the first generation model to India back in 2005. The SUV was quite popular in India and Hyundai sold the car in the country for over five years before it finally discontinued the car owing to falling demand. Currently, the Tucson is in its third generation and considering the growing demand for crossover-SUVs in the country, Hyundai feels it is the right time the bring back the Tucson nameplate to India. Upon its launch, the new generation Hyundai Tucson will be positioned between the Creta and Santa Fe SUVs in the automaker’s Indian line-up.
The new-gen Hyundai Tucson has been built on the company’s popular Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. Similar to other Hyundai models, this also gets those smooth curves around the edges that have been further accentuated by stylish features like – an imposing hexagonal grille with chrome slats, stylish sweptback headlamps, sloping roofline, a sporty bumper, and wrap-around LED taillights to go along with the SUV’s rugged profile. Word has it that Hyundai aims to achieve 50 per cent localisation for the Tucson.
The cabin of the new Hyundai Tuscon offers leather upholstery for the seats, leather wrapping for the instrument panel and steering wheel. The feature list includes a touchscreen infotainment system with AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a high-end audio system with 8 speakers, an optional panoramic sunroof, and electric lift gate among others.
Though the company is yet to confirm the details about the engine line-up, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is likely to be offered with a 2.0-litre diesel engine in two states of tune. The engine develops 134bhp and 181bhp and will get both, a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox as transmission options like the Creta.
Upon its launch in India, the new Hyundai Tucson will go up against names such as the Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti, and SsangYong Rexton. We expect the SUV to cost somewhere between ₹ 20 lakh – ₹ 25 lakh.
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