Hyundai Motor India Limited confirmed launch of its third SUV for India, the Tucson on November 14. Hyundai dealers have already started taking bookings for the new SUV for a token amount of Rs 25,000. Ahead of the launch, Tucson units have been arriving at the company dealerships.
A unit of the Tucson in red colour has been snapped at a dealer stockyard by TeamBHP. The unit believed to be arrived for the display and test-drive uses. As per the reports, customers will be able to take test drive of the Tucson from the second week of this month.
The Tucson will bridge the gap between the Creta and the Santa Fe in Hyundai's Indian SUV line-up. The Tucson brand is not all new in India. Hyundai had sold the first generation of the Tucson in India during the 2005-2010 time frame. It was discontinued due to poor sales owing to steep pricing. The new version is expected to be priced from Rs 15 lakh and at that price point it will be a nightmare for the rivals such as Mahindra XUV500 and Skoda Yeti.
The new version is in its third generation and comes with Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy in line with other new Hyundai cars. Face of the SUV gets a large hexagonal grille in chrome. It is flanked by sweptback LED headlamps. Tucson has more rounded body panels in line with Santa Fe. The raked rear windscreen is complemented by slim sleek tail lamps. Hyundai Tucson measures 4,475mm in length, 1,850mm in width and 1,645mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2,670mm.
The interior will get leather upholstery for the seats, while instrument panel and steering wheel will get leather wrapping. The India-spec version is also expected to get Android Auto feature, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and six airbags.
Hyundai Tucson will be powered by a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine tuned in two state of tunes -- 135bhp and 180bhp -- mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.