In its latest innings, the Tucson is expected to be priced more competitively than its earlier generations were. Korean car maker Hyundai had sold the first generation of the Tucson during 2005-2010, but it was discontinued due to poor sales owing to steep pricing. This time around, Hyundai is said to be carefully considering the pricing of the SUV.
Said to come in a price range of Rs. 15 to 20 lakh, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV will be a threat to the Mahindra XUV500, which is priced between Rs. 12 lakh and 17 lakh, as well as Ford Endeavour that ranges from Rs. 22 lakh to 27 lakh. The competitive pricing will be achieved via 50 percent localisation of the Tucson, reported Rushlane.
The company is planning to launch the SUV in September. It will be available only in diesel powetrain. Hyundai is expected to employ a 2.0-litre diesel engine in 135 bhp and 180bhp for India. The engine will be offered in six-speed manual and automatic transmission options.
In its third generation, the Tucson comes with the Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy of Hyundai. The front-end is dominated by signature hexagonal front grille in chrome, flanked by LED headlamps. Unlike the Creta SUV, which features a boxy design especially at rear-end, the Tucson has more rounded body panels. The SUV is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space, according to the company.
For international markets, the Tucson comes with electronic driving aids, such as autonomous emergency braking system, lane keeping assist system, rear traffic cross alert, blind spot detection, speed limit information function and an active hood system.