Hyundai SUV launched, proudly wearing Tucson badge gain

2016-03-08 06:00
Photo: supplied The new Tucson.

Photo: supplied The new Tucson.

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THE Sports Utility Vehicle that has put Hyundai firmly on the map in South Africa and elevated it to the number four position among automotive brands in the country has been launched with an all-new design, inside and out, and it is proudly wearing the Tucson badge again.

Originally launched in 2005, the Hyundai Tucson caught the attention of South Africa SUV buyers and became a firm top-seller in the segment for several years when it was followed its successor, the ix35, in 2009.

“A total of 22 716 Tucsons were sold in South from 2005 to 2010, and the total sales for the ix35 from 2010 up to 2016 were 33 692. The overall total of 56 408 Tucson and ix35 sales is proof of the popularity of Hyundai’s SUV, and we are ready to fight for the top position in this very competitive market segment again with the new model,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

“The Tucson model name has now been revived, and with it a new level of sophistication, quality and comfort in this compact SUV that will again make it a favourite among local buyers.”

The all-new Hyundai Tucson is introduced in South Africa in five derivatives, ranging from the entry-level Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium with a either a manual 6-speed gearbox or automatic 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.

In between lies the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite, also with the 2-litre petrol engine and automatic 6-speed transmission, but with a high level of standard features. One step down in terms of 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.

Design - Bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance

The All-New Tucson design concept incorporates a sleek, urban style combined with the strong ruggedness typical of an SUV. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, explains how Hyundai designers achieved the dynamic proportions:

“Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a distinctive and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille - our brand signature,” summarised Schreyer.


The front of the All-New Tucson is dominated by the hexagonal grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity. A wing-shaped horizontal bar at the front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, gives the car a unique style and provides a visual reference for the car’s wide track.

By moving the A-pillar back it becomes visually disconnected from the long bonnet, accentuating the sleek profile.

The directional shape of the wheel arches contributes to the car’s agile and dynamic appearance, even at standstill. The expressive ‘Z’ character-lines above the rear wheel arches emphasise the powerful stance, while the kick-up belt moulding converges with the falling roof line to complete the sculptural side profile.

At the rear, the All-New Tucson’s personality is reinforced by strong horizontal lines flowing from the wheel arches. The combination lamps and reflectors are stretched to the body edges to further underline the bold proportions, with the rear skid plate and twin exhaust adding a sporty touch.

Refined interior combines elegance with ergonomics

The Hyundai interior design team’s objective was to ensure that, when potential buyers first enter the car, they will be instinctively impressed by the cabin’s space and the attention paid to the smallest details.

Inside, new soft-touch, high-quality materials are introduced across the cabin surfaces, creating a refined cabin ambience. The new horizontal layout of the centre console conveys the car’s elegance while increasing the feeling of roominess. The interior has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use and a pleasant and sensuous experience.

Generous space from efficient packaging

The All-New Tucson is built on a completely new platform that offers generous interior dimensions. There is an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, continuing the Hyundai tradition for highly efficient packaging.

With all seats upright, the roomy luggage area is 1 030 mm wide, 889 mm deep and 806 mm tall, delivering up to a substantial 513 litres of capacity. This increases to a maximum of 1 503 litres with the rear seats folded. Practicality is boosted by a lower trunk-sill height, two-level trunk floor and a stowable cargo cover.


One of the outstanding features of the All-new Hyundai Tucson range is the turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine that is introduced for the first time in a Hyundai SUV in South Africa.

Dealing particularly well with the oxygen-starved Highveld and other high-lying and mountainous areas in South Africa, the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine delivers maximum power of 130 kW at 5 5 00 rpm, and its torque delivery peaks at 265 Nm from 1 500 to 4 500 rpm. 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 115 kW maximum power at 6 200 rpm, and maximum torque of 196 Nm at 4 000 rpm.

Fuel consumption of 8,9 litres per 100 km in a combined test cycle has been recorded for the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium with the 6-speed manual gearbox, and 8,5 litres per 100 km for the Elite version with All-Wheel Drive and the 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.

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