The South Korean car maker Hyundai has launched its all new Tucson SUV just yesterday. The premium SUV is priced at 18.99 lakh (ex showroom) for the base petrol powered variant with manual transmission and top variant which is the 2WD Auto transmission GLS model, is priced at 24.99 lakh.
However, inspite of charging a premium price tag, the full sized SUV lacks an all wheel drive system, due to which it falls slightly behind in the competition. Even the Renault Duster which is cheaper by 5 lakhs from the Tucson, is equipped with an AWD. But according to sources, Hyundai has revealed that the company will upgrade the SUV in the department of drive train with the addition of the new AWD (all wheel drive system) in the month of April 2017.
The Tucson is already offered with an all-wheel drive system in Australia, and you can expect the same drivetrain to be carried over in the Indian variant as well. The only bummer is that AWD is available only with the diesel variant, which means if you are interested to buy an AWD Tucson, then you have to buy the diesel variant, even if you like the petrol variant more.
The Tucson is now available with two engine options - 2.0 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel. The petrol motor is proven VTVT workhorse that can produce maximum 153 bhp of power at 6200 rpm and 192 nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The petrol variant gets a choice of 6-speed Manual transmission and 6-speed auto transmission. On the other hand the diesel variant comes with a much improved 2.0 litre CRDi 4-cylinder engine which can produce a maximum power output of 182 bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque output of 400 nm at 1750-2750 rpm. For now none of these variants get an all wheel drive system.