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Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Introduction

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. has launched its global SUV ‘The All New Tucson’ in India consolidating its SUV line-up for the Indian customers. With over 4.5 million units sold across 160 markets worldwide in 12 years, the Tucson is Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the world. The Korean carmaker views the launch of 3rd Generation Tucson in India as an important milestone and is hopeful that it will propel Hyundai to market leadership in the SUV segment.

 

The all new Hyundai Tucson has been launched with an introductory price of Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base petrol MT variant and goes up to Rs 24.99 lakh for the top-end diesel AT trim. The Tucson is being offered with two engine options – 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel – mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available in 5 variants with 5 exterior colour options, the all new Hyundai Tucson will compete with the Honda CR-V in India. We got behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Tucson and took it for a spin from Chandigarh to Baddi. Read on to find out what we discovered.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Design & Engineering

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

All new Tucson embodies Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy. The front of the all new Tucson is dominated by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, which connects with the dual barrel LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity which is unmistakably Hyundai. A wing-shaped horizontal bar at the front bumper along with the LED daytime running lights gives the all new Tucson a  dynamic look.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

The long bonnet accentuates the sleek profile while the ‘Z’ character –line above the rear wheel arches creates a sculptural side profile with a masculine stance. The rear profile has a clean design with horizontal lines that flows from rear wheel arches accented by slim tail lights. The appeal of the car is further highlighted with the twin chrome exhaust promoting a sporty image.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Interiors & Comfort

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

On the inside, the dual tone beige and black interior of the new Hyundai Tucson looks premium and aims to combine elegance with ergonomics for better customer experience. The long flowing horizontal dashboard is well organised with well thought out placement of controls to ensure a comfortable and pleasurable drive. The use of silver detailing on centre fascia with soft touch crash pad add a touch of class.

 

With vehicle becoming the third space (behind home and workplace) for an individual, comfort plays a very important role.  The all new Tucson comes packed with a host of creature comforts including well bolstered premium leather seats which adds premiumness to the cabin, 10-way adjustable power driver seat and reclining rear seats with height adjustable headrest, ensuring comfort for all the passengers in the vehicle. The rear seat also offers good back and under thigh support and can comfortably accommodate three medium built adults. Intelligent space management results in generous front and rear legroom, and ample shoulder room for all passengers.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

Other comfort and convenience features include hands free smart power tail gate, electric parking brake, 8-inch HD touchscreen audio video navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity with voice recognition. The 4+2 speaker entertainment system provides decent audio experience. Adequate boot space ensures that you can carry everything that you want for your road trip.

 

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Performance & Handling

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

The all new Tucson is offered with an option of two engines – 2.0 Nu Dual VTVT petrol engine that also does duty on the latest generation Elantra, albeit in a different state of tune and the 2.0 R e-VGT diesel engine which also happens to be the newest member of Hyundai diesel family.

 

The 2.0 R e-VGT diesel engine is quite responsive and delivers linear power throughout rev range with negligible lag. The 6-speed automatic transmission is well mated and shifts smoothly. The AT also supports the new Drive Mode Select feature to choose among Normal, Eco and Sport modes for higher fuel efficiency and better performance respectively. Tucson boasts of a low drag coefficient of 0.33 which aids in high speed stability while promoting a quieter ride.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

However, the 2.0 Nu Dual VTVT petrol engine proved to be a tad bit disappointing lacking punch and is not likely to excite an enthusiast. It grunts too much and does too little leaving you with an impression that you are constantly whipping the engine to make it move. Hyundai needs to sort the transmission to extract the best from this powertrain.

 

Superior ride and handling is ensured with the McPherson front suspension along with the multi-link independent rear suspension, enhancing overall ride quality and driving stability.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Fuel Efficiency

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

We didn’t get an opportunity to perform a real world mileage test, however, ARAI-ratified data shared by the company claims that the new Hyundai Tucson delivers a fuel efficiency of 13.03 kmpl for petrol MT and 12.95 kmpl for the petrol AT. While the diesel MT manages 18.42kmpl and diesel AT returns 16.38 kmpl.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Safety

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

The all new Hyundai Tucson complies with Hyundai’s high safety standards and has been developed with 51 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) resulting in higher rigidity and higher durability.

 

The Tucson has won a Five Star Euro NCAP rating in 2015 and winning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ Award 2016 in USA makes the all new Tucson a comprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment when it comes to safety.

 

The top-end diesel and petrol automatic transmission that we tested came equipped with six airbags, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), front and rear parking sensors, reverse parking camera, speed sensing auto door lock and impact sensing auto door unlock.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Verdict

Hyundai Tucson 2016

 

Hyundai’s brand reliability and loyalty has been witnessing a steady growth in the Indian market. This is largely due to Hyundai’s success in launching quality products like the Grand i10, Elite i20, and Creta that has struck a chord with the Indian customers backed by an excellent network of aftersales service and low running and maintenance cost.   

 

The all new Hyundai Tucson is competitively priced with the introductory price starting from Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base petrol MT variant and going up to Rs 24.99 lakh for the top-end diesel AT trim. The top management at Hyundai has revealed that these prices will not be revised upwards until March 2017.

 

The new Tucson has masculine looks and boasts of spacious interior with generous boot space. The dual tone beige and black interior looks premium and classy. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is responsive with very little turbo lag and was a joy to drive. Handling and ride quality are impressive with a well-tuned suspension set up perfectly suited for Indian road conditions.

 

The carmaker has also launched Hyundai Premium Assurance Program (HPAP) which offers complete peace of mind for the customer with 3 years or unlimited kilometres warranty. The program also offers free maintenance for 3 years or 30,000 kilometres, 3 years roadside assistance, 3 times update on ‘Map Care’ and 3 times customer 'Home Visit'. When you put together all these factors, one would have little doubt that the Tucson could well be another runaway hit and add yet another feather in Hyundai’s cap.

 

Hyundai Tucson 2016 - Competition Check

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Specifications

Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (mm) 4475 x 1850 x 1660
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 62
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4
Capacity (cc) 1999 (Petrol), 1995 (Diesel)
Power (PS @ rpm) 155 @ 6200 (Petrol), 185 @ 4000 (Diesel)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 192 @ 4000 (Petrol), 400 @ 1750-2750 (Diesel)
Gearbox 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear suspension Multi-link with Coil Spring
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 225/60 R17 (Manual), 225/55 R18 (Automatic)
Wheel size and type Alloy






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