Hyundai India has officially announced the launch of all-new Tucson SUV on November 14, 2016 in the country. Earlier, it was scheduled to launch on October 24, 2016, but the South-Korean automaker postponed it due to ‘unavoidable reasons’. Hyundai Tucson would bridge the gap between Creta and the Santa Fe, while expected be priced in a range of Rs. 15-20 Lakhs. It would be contending against the likes of Skoda Yeti and Toyota Innova Crysta in the Indian market. The SUV would be locally manufactured at the company's Chennai production facility.
The Tucson is the third product in Hyundai's SUV portfolio, which already has the best-seller Creta and the flagship Santa Fe. Sources have told that the reason behind postponing the launch was due to stellar response to the recently launched Elantra sedan. Hyundai didn't want to break the strong sales momentum of the Elantra. Moreover, the Tucson would be priced in almost the similar range and hence, it could lead to cannibalization. The Tucson had its public debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, and the customer response propelled Hyundai to launch it in the Indian market. Being based on the 2.0 Fluidic design philosophy like the Elite i20 and all-new Elantra, the Tucson would boast of several high-end features such as an 8-inch infotainment system with navigation, automatic parking, drive selector system, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, etc. to name a few.
Mechanically, the Tucson SUV would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder MPI engine which develops 150bhp of top power and 195Nm of peak torque. This engine also does duties to the recently launched all-new Elantra sedan. As for diesel variants, they would get the 2.0L 4-cylinder CRDi engine which would generate power in two trims: 134bhp and 181bhp. The engine would be offered with both the 6-speed manual as well as 6-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai might also introduce 4X4 drive system with the high-end variants of the SUV. The fuel economy can be expected between 12-16kmpl.