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2016 Hyundai Tucson: All you need to know

2016 Hyundai Tucson: All you need to know
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Monday 14 November 2016, 16:23 PM

The Hyundai Tucson was first of the modern premium compact SUVs to be offered to the Indian car buyer more than a decade ago. The Tucson did fairly well then considering it was way ahead of time for the market. The new Tucson embarks on a similar journey, offering a premium SUV option to car buyers who would otherwise have to buy the unnecessarily big full-size SUVs or the D-segment sedans.

The Hyundai Tucson is being offered in three trims – MT, GL AT and GLS AT. Being a Hyundai, even the base trim is loaded with features. Two-zone climate control, automatic headlamps, push-button start and cruise control are standard features. Height adjustable driver seat, electrically foldable wing mirrors, auto-dimming internal rear view mirror and steering mounted audio controls are also standard fixtures along with rear parking sensors. The rear seats are recline adjustable for added passenger comfort and are foldable along with 60:40 split.

The top-spec GLS AT comes with electrically operated tail-gate, electric parking brake as well as front parking sensors along with 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the range though and comes replete with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity along with GPS navigation as standard.

The Tucson design follows the Fluidic 2.0 design theme, a sleeker version of the original fluidic design that debuted with the Hyundai Verna in India. The design is busy with a blend of contours and creases that creates an illusion of motion even at standstill. The Tucson looks have been inspired by the Santa Fe and carries the signature hexagonal front grille with swept back LED headlamps.

The sculpted bumper gets a bash plate for its SUV credentials and houses the LED DRLs along with the fog lamps. The prominent upswept shoulder line defines the profile with the roof sloping towards the end. It gets peripheral cladding and the rear roof spoiler standard across the range.

The Hyundai Tucson is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo-diesel belts out 182bhp of power and 400Nm of torque and comes mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The 153bhp, 192Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol also comes with similar six-speed manual and automatic options. The Tucson gets only the front-wheel drive setup as of now.

The Tucson is slotted between the Hyundai Creta and the Hyundai Santa-Fe SUVs. The Tucson ideally competes with Honda CR-V and Skoda Yeti both being five-seater SUVs. But with its price tag it competes with the Innova Crysta and D-segment sedans like Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis and Chevrolet Cruze.


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