Hyundai India will launch the Hyundai Tucson facelift in the country during the second half of 2019, reports suggest. Keeping with the growing popularity of C-SUVs in India, Hyundai plans to manufacture the 2019 Hyundai Tucson locally. A seven-seat version of the SUV is also on the cards that will squarely go against Jeep India’s upcoming three-row SUV. Currently in its third-generation, the Hyundai Tucson was introduced in India in November 2016. While the facelifted version is already available in global markets, India will get it around June-July 2019.
Aesthetically, the facelifted Hyundai Tucson (currently on sale in international markets) features a tweaked design, new engine options, mild-hybrid tech and additional convenience tech. The front gets new L-shaped headlamps with full LED units, Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, revised lower intake, new skid plates, restyled exhaust tips and redesigned tail-lamps. Changes to the interior include a new 7.0-inch freestanding central display for the infotainment system and the new car-like horizontal air vents, which replaces the vertical units. The list further includes a Qi wireless charging and a USB charger for the second row.
Mechanically, the India-spec model, currently on sale features a 2.0-litre petrol engine good for maximum power of 155 bhp and a 2.0-litre oil burner that emanates 185 bhp. While the six-speed manual gearbox is standard, the 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. It is expected that the diesel version of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson will get an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 48-volt mild hybrid system as well.
The mild-hybrid system comprises a 0.44 kWh 48-volt Li-ion battery, a starter generator, a low voltage DC/DC converter and an inverter. The starter generator makes up to 12 kW and aide light acceleration or provides additional torque under strong acceleration which further reduces load from the engine. This helps achieve higher fuel economy. The battery is recharged though energy recuperation during in-gear deceleration and braking.