Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) unveiled the new Tucson SUV at Auto Expo 2016 and confirmed that it would be launched in the second quarter of the year. Ahead of the launch, the SUV has been spotted testing in Chennai roads in camouflage.
The pictures snapped by Motor Vikatan carefully hide every detail of the model. The SUV will be positioned between Creta and the Santa Fe SUVs in Hyundai's portfolio. In contrats to previous reports that claimed the SUV will be brought to the country as a completely built unit (CBU), it has recently been learnt that the Korean carmaker will assemble the car at its Chennai facility to keep the price in check.
The third generation of the Tucson features fluidic 2.0 design philosophy of Hyundai. The front is dominated by signature hexagonal front grille flanked by LED headlamps. Unlike the Creta SUV that possesses boxy design, the Tucson has more rounded body panels in line with the Santa Fe SUV. The third generation of the SUV is built on a new platform that offers larger cabin space.
The SUV in India is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 180bhp and 400Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission. The AWD version of Tucson is also expected to be introduced in the Indian market. Considering the demand for petrol engine-equipped SUVs after ban on registration of diesel SUVs in Delhi NCR and Kerala, Hyundai may also introduce Tucson with petrol engine.
The Tucson is expected to come packed with a full-length panoramic sunroof, a five-inch LCD display with rear view camera and touchscreen function, an audio system with eight speakers with AM/FM/SiriusXM connectivity, and twin-projector headlights with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
The first generation of the Tucson was sold in India during 2005-2010, but it was discontinued due to poor sales. Hyundai is expected to price Tucson in the range of Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.