Some old, much new — Hyundai’s new Tucson

2018-10-11 06:00
PHOTOS: QUICKPICThe 2018 Hyundai Tucson.

PHOTOS: QUICKPICThe 2018 Hyundai Tucson.

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Upping the ante

New

• Front, rear and interior styling

• Product lineup

• Gearbox on top model

• Improved infotainment module

Hyundai’s Tucson, a strong contender in its market segment since 2009, has been facelifted inside and out and given a “floating” seven-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system that now boasts CarPlay. Android apps would be accessed via your phone.

Other changes see realignment of the product range. The 1.7-litre diesel with manual transmission has been dropped in favour of a two-litre automatic, for example, and a new gearbox was introduced.

Frontal appearance changes include a new four-bar grille, new head- and fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps, and front bumper treatment. The rear end is different too, with completely new back panels and redone tail lights, fog lamps, tailpipes and skid plate.

The dash has been transformed with the new, high-mounted infotainment setup, new vent treatment and new instruments. The steering wheel remains the same with its full house of satellite controls.

As before, there are seven offerings covered by three engines, three gearboxes and three trim levels.

Fewer-frills Premium offers the 2.0-litre NU petrol engine developing 115 kW/ 196 Nm and a decent level of life’s necessities. These include six airbags, ABS with EBD, manual air conditioner, infotainment, powered windows all around with one-touch for the driver, foldable electric mirrors, cruise control, and a backup camera. It is the only grade fitted with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions because Executive and Elite are automatic-only.

The executive level ups the ante with two engines; the 1999 cc petrol motor described above and the 131 kW/400 Nm, 1995 cc turbodiesel.

Feature upgrades add ESP with VSM (vehicle stability management), downhill braking control, hill start assistance, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, blind spot information with cross traffic alert and rear parking alarm.

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