The all-new Hyundai Tucson has made its first public appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. Hyundai India would manufacture the Tucson locally at its Chennai plant, while it goes on sale by September 2016. It would be positioned between Creta and the company's flagship SUV - the Santa Fe - in the country. Hyundai Tucson would rival the likes of Honda CR-V, Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Safari Storme in the Indian market.
The South-Korean automajor has revealed its plans to sell around 20,000-30,000 units of Tucson annually in India. For those asking, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson had its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Talking about the exterior styling of the new Hyundai Tucson, it flaunts a large new hexagonal front grille, stretched LED headlamps, and foglamps. The rear-end of the SUV resembles a bit to Santa Fe. The cabin boasts of several high-end premium features such as cruise control, rear parking sensors, touchscreen infotainment system, and cooled glovebox.
On the safety front, the SUV gets Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and airbags as standard. The India-spec Tucson would be powered by a 2.0L, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. The power output would be 182bhp and torque performance would be 400Nm. The engine is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is expected to carry a sticker price of around Rs. 18 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom). Just so you know, it is Tucson's second outing in India as earlier it was sold for a brief period from 2005 to 2010 at an introductory price of Rs. 14 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).