To bridge the gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe SUVs, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) is reportedly planning to launch its Tucson SUV in India soon. The new Tucson SUV, which is in its third generation, was unveiled at Geneva Motor Show on 3 March, 2015.
The new Tucson's design is in line with the company's Fluidic design theme. The front is dominated by signature hexagonal front grille flanked by LED headlamps. Unlike the Creta SUV that posses boxy design, the Tucson has more rounded body panels that also add premium feel. The rear has a clean design with horizontal lines that flow from the rear wheel arches complemented by slim tail lights.
The new Tucson is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space and provides 513 litres of luggage capacity. The interior has been spruced up with high-quality materials across the cabin surfaces.
In terms of safety, the Tucson offers electronic driving aids like an autonomous emergency braking system, lane keeping assist system, rear traffic cross alert, blind spot detection, speed limit information function and an active hood system. However, which of these features will be part of India-specific model remains to be seen.
The Tucson is available with a wide range of powertrains in the global market. The range include a new turbocharged 173bhp (1.6-litre) T-GDI engine with six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a petrol engine developing 130bhp (1.6-litre GDI) unit. Additionally, the SUV also available in three diesel engines -- 113bhp (1.7-litre), 134bhp (2.0-litre) and 183bhp (2.0-litre).
The first generation of the Tucson was sold in India during 2005-2010 and it was discontinued due to poor sales. HMIL seems to have got confidence to relaunch the SUV inspired by the immense success of the Creta SUV in India recently. Hyundai is likely to import the Tucson initially with a starting price of approximately Rs 18 lakh, reports Autocar India.