Turbo diesel engines for Hyundai’s Tucson

2016-11-30 06:00
Hyundai has officially launched two new turbo diesel engine versions for its 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV.      Photo: SUPPLIED

Hyundai has officially launched two new turbo diesel engine versions for its 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV. Photo: SUPPLIED

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TWO new Tucsons, both with turbocharged diesel engines, have been added to Hyundai’s compact SUV range that has become a top seller in its market segment in South Africa since the local launch of this model earlier in 2016.

The addition of the turbo diesel engines has increased the derivatives in Hyundai’s Tucson range to seven, including the five petrol derivatives available since the launch in March.

One of the turbo diesel derivatives on the Executive specification level is powered by a new 1,7 litre engine that conforms to Euro 6 regulations for clean emissions and delivers 85kW maximum power at 4 000r/min and 280Nm peak torque between 1 250 and 2 750r/min. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

The other Tucson turbo diesel derivative is equipped with a full range of standard features at the Elite specification level and uses a 2-litre Euro 2 engine that delivers 131kW maximum power at 4 000r/min, and 400Nm torque between 1 750 and 2 750r/min.

A six-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the front wheels.

The turbo diesel duo have been added to the Hyundai Tucson petrol engine derivatives that range from the entry-level Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Premium with either a manual 6-speed gearbox or automatic 6-speed transmission, to the range topping Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite (turbocharged petrol engine) 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 fit in between the Premium and Elite offerings.

The launch price of the new Tucson 1.7 Executive Turbo diesel (with a manual gearbox) is R439 900, while the Tucson R2.0 Elite (with an automatic gearbox) sells for R519 900.


The Tucson’s convenience and connectivity features are tailored to customer needs

Both turbo diesels have electric adjustment for the driver and front passenger seats; a dual zone automatic climate control system; air vents for rear passengers; glove box cooling; cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel; and a rear view camera with display in the rear view mirror.

The centre console of the Tucson features a sound system with Bluetooth connectivity than enables music to be streamed from a smartphone or iPod, and connecting with a cell phone with the added comfort and safety feature of steering wheel operating buttons.

Both derivatives are fitted with a sound system with a 3,8 inch display screen as standard equipment. A new seamless DAB+ digital radio with six audio speakers is standard across the Tucson range.

Further connectivity is provided through USB and AUX connections for iPod in the centre console, or music can be streamed through a Bluetooth connection.

A navigation and entertainment system, available as a R15 000 option, can be fitted to any of the Tucson derivatives.


The introduction of new technologies means the All-New Tucson is one of the most comprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment when it comes to safety features. The Tucson has scored a full set of five stars in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests, with top ratings of 86% for adult occupant protection, and 85% for child occupant safety.

  • Blind Spot Detector (BSD)

Also using radar technology, the Blind Spot Detector (BSD) with Lane Change Assist monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators an audible signal is emitted. This also applies to a lane change situation when another vehicle is detected. This safety system is a standard feature in the Elite derivative.

  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

In the Executive and Elite derivatives, the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) combines Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to help the driver keep the vehicle under control in case of an emergency manoeuvre. Under acceleration or braking on surfaces with different levels of grip, VSM applies selective steering forces to intuitively guide the driver to remain on course.

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Using the BSD sensors, the Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility. Using radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross-traffic, RCTA alerts the driver visually and acoustically in the Elite derivative.

  • Hill Start Assist Control

When driving off from a stationary position on an incline, the Hill-start Assist Control will use the brakes to hold the Tucson still for a few seconds to prevent roll-back.

  • New passive safety features for driver and pedestrian protection

A number of passive safety features are included in the All-New Tucson. For occupants there are six airbags, including driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags throughout the range. Both derivatives have Isofix child seat anchors in the rear bench.


The prices of the Hyundai Tucson range are:

•Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium (manual) R369 900

•Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium (automatic) R389 900

•Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite (automatic) R454 900

•Tucson 1.6 TGDi Executive (manual) R439 900

•Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite DCT AWD R519 900

•Tucson 1.7 UII Executive Diesel (manual) R439 900

•Tucson R2.0 Elite (automatic)? R519 900

Hyundai’s 5-year/150 000km manufacturer’s warranty, enhanced by the additional new ground breaking 7-year/200 000km drivetrain warranty, comes standard with the all-new Hyundai Tucson package, as well as roadside assistance for 5 years or 150 000km.

All derivatives come with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, and service intervals are spaced at 15 000km, except for the Tucson 1.7 UII Executive Diesel, which has 30 000km service intervals.

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