Updated Hyundai Tucson launched at ₹22.3 lacs

The vamped-up Tucson had its market launch delayed earlier this year due to COVID-19. Yet another SUV? Automakers are sending them out like flyers.

Yea, I know what you’re thinking. What’s up with the stream of  SUVs lately? Honestly, I have no idea. Though it seems reasonable considering the consumer demands lately where a question of space, safety, utility and luxury come into play. With many SUVs hitting the market these days, Hyundai follows suit. Following last year’s release of the Venue, they now give us an updated Tucson. With both petrol and diesel engines upgraded to BS6, they threw in some other new stuff as well.

What’s new?

Aside from being BS6 standard-compliant, the engines gained a slight boost too. The petrol engine now outputs 152 HP and 192Nm of torque with the same old 6-speed automatic gearbox whereas the diesel now produces 185 HP and 400 Nm of torque and made a big switch to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.

It comes in 2WD and an exclusive 4WD option for the GLS diesel trim. Appearance has only been touched up slightly with new headlamps( Penta projector LED with LED DRL’s), tailights, bumpers and a larger grille. It’s a refreshing new look but nothing too outstanding.

In terms of Tech features and such, the Tucson has an electric panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, hands free Smart Power Tail Gate with Height Adjustment, Auto Dimming IRVM and glove box cooling. The infotainment/navigation system’s size is increased to 20.32 cm.
Features like Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Hill-start Assist Control(HAC), Brake assist, Isofix child- seat mounts and ABS with EBD are included to add safety.

Along with a slow-down in all automotive sales in light of the epidemic, Hyundai also had an additional task  earlier this year to upgrade vehicles to be BS6 compliant. They chose not to pass total costs incurred to consumers all together and preferred to do it gradually in stages( an average additional cost of Rs 15,000-20,000 for petrol cars and Rs 35,000-40,000 for diesel ).

This was in hopes that the second half of 2020 would prove to be much more fruitful. The Tucson, while keeping up the standards of its predecessors- the Venue and the Creta, also needs to fight very tough competition from the Harrier and the Hector Plus. At Rs. 22.3 lakh ex-showroom, the Tucson has a lot to prove because the pricing is exactly what left Compass in the dust. The competition is getting tough and stakes are going through the panoramic roofs. яндекс


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