Hyundai India is all set to launch the Tucson SUV in the coming couple of months in the country. It is being learnt that the Tucson would be locally developed at the company's Chennai plant. Hyundai Tucson would bridge the gap between Creta and Santa Fe, while having a localization of around 50 percent. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 17-22 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, New Delhi) with a stiff challenege from the Mahindra XUV500, Ssangyong Rexton, Skoda Yeti, and Honda CR-V.
Measuring 4475mm in length, 1850mm in width, 1645mm in height, Hyundai Tucson has a wheelbase of 2670mm and boot space of 513 litres. Being showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, the SUV features Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Flaunting a huge hexagonal front grille, the Tucson is the widest SUV in its segment on the inside. The cabin comes loaded with rich comfort and convenience features like smart-powered tailgate, automatic parking, drive mode selector, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a blind spot assist system. Just so you know, Hyundai Tucson in its first innings in India in 2005 was priced at Rs. 15 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom), but it failed to create any fizz.
Mechanically, the Tucson is expected to be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variant - showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 - would be powered by the 1.4L turbocharged engine. Though, it is being learnt that petrol guise would be limited to base variants. The diesel variants would derive their power from a 2.0L CRDi engine, which would deliver power output in two modes: 134bhp and 182bhp. Both the petrol and diesel variants would be offered with 6-speed manual gearbox and 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L diesel engine displaces 1995cc and hence, it would permit the company to retail it in the Delhi-NCR, where the Supreme Court has imposed a ban on the sales of diesel vehicles with engine capacity over 2000cc.