Following the success of the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport with its body skirts, black 19-inch wheels and bold exhaust pipes, Hyundai Automotive South Africa has decided to give the top-of-the-range all-wheel drive Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite the same treatment, and to let it carry the Sport moniker as well.
The Tucson Sport with the Executive specification level was launched at the beginning of June this year, with an eager uptake from customers and more than 50 units sold in July. (When Leisure Wheels we shared the news of the new derivative, it caused quite a stir on social media.)
“Some of our customers requested this same body kit and engine power upgrade to be applied to our top-of-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite all-wheel drive derivative with its dual clutch transmission. It convinced us to add another Tucson Sport derivative to our range,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
As a result Hyundai has introduced the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD derivative, powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine that delivers 150 kW and 295Nm torque, via all-wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission. The dual clutches enables automatic gearshifts, with the option of a Sport mode, or manual gear changes if the driver prefers.
The new model costs R599 900, (R100 000 more than the 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport) and boasts the comprehensive Elite level of features, including a big sun roof and a host of convenience, safety and luxury items.
The body kit used for the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport is the same as that on the Tucson Executive Sport and it rides on the same 19-inch black alloy wheels with low-profile tyres.
Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite Sport AWD is R599 900
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport R499 900
This includes Hyundai’s 7-year/200 000 km warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km, and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan. The service interval is 15 000 km.