After the recent introduction of the Hyundai Tucson earlier this month, the South Korean car maker has confirmed that it is all set to launch the AWD (All Wheel Drive) version of the SUV by May next year. Manufactured in the slot between Hyundai Creta and Santa Fe SUV, the third generation Hyundai Tucson is currently available in both petrol as well as diesel engine variants. However, both these variants possess 2WD drivetrain.
The new variant of the Hyundai Tucson, lined up in the pipeline, will feature the Active On Demand AWD and a 50:50 ratio front and rear lock mode. This variant will be available in both petrol and diesel engine variants along with some additional equipment. These added equipments can be seen as an attempt by Hyundai to present a better competition in the SUV section, which is already a competitive market.
Unlike the popular notion, this segment of cars (read SUVs) is driven by customers who want to get the most number of features in lieu if their money, rather than just relying on the brand recall. On a similar note, the Hyundai Tucson, provides formidable features like drive mode select, cooled glove box, dual-zoned climate control, ten way-powered driver seat and many more. However, despite these features, the current crop of Tucson lacks the services of a sunroof and rain sensing wipers that are available in other low cost cars. Thus, making amends, the South Korean car maker is expected to add a panoramic sunroof and a full black interior design.
The current Hyundai Tucson 2WD has two engine options, a 2.0-litre petrol VTVT engine and a and a CRDi 2.0-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 153bhp of power while the diesel models produce 182bhp power. Both the engine options are mated with either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.