The Hyundai Tucson SUV will be launched for the Indian market on October 24. Unveiled in 2015, and showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, this will be Hyundai’s new entry into the D-segment and will slot in above the Elantra sedan.
Externally, the Tucson embodies the latest Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy with elements like the signature hexagonal grille, sporty front bumpers, flared wheel arches, wrap around tail lamps and contrast coloured rear bash plate element. The five-seater cabin is standard Hyundai fare and will include things like climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, leather wrapped steering wheel and of course leather trim for the seats.
On the engine and gearbox front, it seems likely that Hyundai will offer the Tucson in both petrol and diesel power. The petrol is expected to be the new 2.0-litre unit that debuted with the Elantra. It produces 150bhp and 192Nm of torque with power going to the front wheels via a six-speed AT. The UK market gets the SUV with a 1.7-litre diesel in the front-wheel-drive AT guise. This engine produces 138bhp/340Nm of torque and is mated to a seven-speed DCT. There is also the option of a 2.0-litre diesel that produces 135bhp/373Nm with power going to all four wheels via a six-speed AT and an AWD system.
From the look of things, Hyundai’s plans to bring the Tucson into the Indian market to cash in on the growing demand for SUVs across the market as well as to have multiple models in a segment to boost overall volumes.