The Hyundai Tucson makes a comeback after a brief hiatus and will strengthen the Korean car makers SUV portfolio in India. The Tucson is a premium compact SUV and has been built on a new platform that offers more cabin space. The Tucson that has arrived is the third generation car globally after the Indian market missed out on the second generation of the SUV.
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. The chunky 18-inch alloy wheels are diamond cut on the top-spec GLS trim while the peripheral cladding and the rear roof spoiler are standard across the range.
The Tucson is offered with two engine options and three trims. The entry-level trims are offered wit manual gearboxes for both petrol and diesel engine options. Electrically folding mirrors, push-button start, cruise control and height adjustable driving seat are standard along with the two-zone climate control system with vents for the rear passengers. The second row of seats is split 60:40 and can be reclined for comfortable seating.
The GL trim is offered with the six-speed automatic gearbox for both the petrol and diesel engines while the top-spec GLS trim is offered only on the diesel automatic. The GLS trim gets electrically operated tailgate, electric parking brake and front parking sensors over the standard rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps and the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that are standard across the range.
At a price tag of Rs 18.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi for the petrol MT Tucson, it has been positioned at a sizeable premium over the entry-level D-segment sedans as well as the base variant of the Innova Crysta petrol. In case of the top-spec diesel automatic, the price tag of Rs 24.99 lakh also commands a similar premium.