The original Hyundai Tucson had a brief unremarkable stint in India at a time when SUVs were not worshipped like they are now. Now that things have changed drastically, Hyundai India is reportedly contemplating reintroduction of the crossover in the country in its latest avatar.
The new Hyundai Tucson world premiered at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year with a much more matured and upmarket design. The signature hexagonal chrome grille and trademark Hyundai design lines are all there but unlike the Creta which is composed of several angular elements, the new Tucson adopts smooth curves and bold crease lines. It relies on its dimensions to offer a proportionately elegant top-hat and is clearly a size larger than its sibling which has crossed 70,000 bookings in India.
The interior too features familiar design and layout. Knowing Hyundai, one can safely expect the Tucson to offer upmarket features if at all it goes on sale in India. Noteworthy goodies include autonomous emergency braking, touchscreen infotainment system, blind spot assist, ESP and so on.
In the international markets, the Tucson is available with two diesel engines – a 114 bhp 1.7-litre unit and a range-topping 182 bhp 2.0-litre motor. If Hyundai decides to launch the crossover in India, we expect the top-of-the-line 2.0-litre motor to be on offer with 6-speed MT and AT options. AWD could also be offered in top-end variant.
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The company hopes that the new Hyundai Tucson would be able to achieve a better sales performance than the Sonata which is now defunct. Estimated to be priced from INR 18 lakhs (ex-showroom), the 5-seat premium SUV would lock horns with the Honda CR-V and Skoda Yeti.
New Hyundai Tucson – Photos
Via – AutocarIndia.com