The Hyundai Tucson was originally launched in 2005 and then in 2009 it’s successor was dubbed the ix35. Hyundai have revived the Tucson moniker in the all-new Tucson.
The new range has been introduced in South Africa in five derivatives, ranging from the entry-level Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium with a choice of either manual or automatic, both with 6-speed transmission, to the range-topping Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite derivative with the 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (7DCT) and All-Wheel Drive.
The Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite has the 2-litre petrol engine and automatic 6-speed transmission, but with a high level of standard features. With less standard features is the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Executive, also with the new turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine, but with a manual 6-speed gearbox. The Executive offers a level of comfort and standard features that fits in between the Premium and Elite offerings.
The 1.6 TGDi turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (is described by Hyundai as, “dealing particularly well with the oxygen-starved Highveld and other high-lying and mountainous areas in South Africa”), delivers maximum power of 130 kW and 265 Nm of torque. The engine is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT), which gives a choice of fully automatic operation or manual gear changes.
The Premium derivatives in the all-new Hyundai Tucson range come with a 2-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a maximum of 115kW and 196Nm.
The front suspension features a McPherson strut and the rear system multilink rear suspension system
Exterior changes on the front feature the new hexagonal grille, LED lights and the A-pillar has been moved back.
On the inside, the front seats feature long seat cushions and have electric power adjustment in the Elite derivatives and two-way electric powered lumbar support for the driver’s seat. The Elite derivatives also come with a sunroof.
With a generous boot, the Tucson offers 513 litres of packing space that can be increased to 1 503 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium (manual) R359 900
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium (automatic) R379 900
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite (automatic) R439 900
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Executive (manual) R419 900
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite DCT AWD R499 900
A a 5-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and a new 7-years/200 000 km drivetrain warranty comes standard. There is also roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km.
All derivatives come with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, and service intervals are spaced at 15 000 km.