The latest-gen Hyundai Tucson arrived here in India at the 2016 Auto Expo, a year after its global debut at the 2015 New York Motor Show. Featuring a fresh design, quality interiors and underpinnings that are far more superior to what we have seen in previous-gen Hyundai crossovers, the new Tucson is scheduled for launch later this year. The crossover was recently caught on test somewhere in Chennai.
The 2016 Tucson has been designed using Hyundai’s Fluidic design language and as a result, it not only looks significantly more stylish but also quite bigger compared to the old model. Inside, the cabin design may seem less striking compared to some high-end Hyundais, but there is no denying that the quality would be up there with the class best. The 2016 Tucson is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase than the old model for better interior volume and versatility.
Hyundai currently sells the Tucson globally with a range of engine and gearbox options. For India, the brand is likely to choose their 180bhp 2-litre diesel engine and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox as the prime option.
The old Tucson had a disappointing sales run in the Indian market despite the lack of rivalry. The 2016 model, however, will face stiff competition from other premium crossovers like the SsangYong Rexton and the Skoda Yeti. When launched, the Tucson will be positioned in between the Creta and the Santa Fe in Hyundai India’s crossover line-up.
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