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201325 Mar

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WHEN: March 2014

HOW MUCH: Rs 14 - 17 lakh

ENGINES: 1.6-litre diesel, 2.0-litre diesel

COMPETITION: Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster


Lovers of Hyundai’s Fluidic styling have reason to cheer; the new Hyundai Tucson, or ix35 as it’s known in some markets, will splash down in India in the first half of 2014, autojunction.in can exclusively reveal. The new Tucson is the original exponent of the Korean company’s new design signature, and created quite a kerfuffle, considering the drab designs Hyundai had been churning out previously.


The big news with the new Tucson is likely to be its price. Hyundai has been looking at the SUV and MUV segments for some time now, and while the new Santa Fe had been pencilled into its plans earlier, it is the new Tucson that will enter the market first. Hyundai has been eyeing the success stories of the past 18 months, notably of the Mahindra XUV500 and the Renault Duster, and it is these two contenders that the new Tucson is chiefly aimed. Of course, pricing will expectedly be at a premium to these two, but read on to see how the new Hyundai Tucson stacks up.


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Built on a 2,640 mm wheelbase, the Tucson measure 4,410 mm from stem to stern. It is 1,820 mm wide and stands 1,660 mm tall. These dimensions make it comparable to both the Duster and the XUV500. The Hyundai Tucson is built on a monocoque structure, with the front and rear suspensions hung from subframes. Front suspension duties are handled by a typical McPherson strut arrangement, while at the rear a multi-link axle does duty. This architecture hints at the Tucson’s car-derived mechanicals, and indeed the base 1.6-litre version will be front-wheel drive, while the 2.0-litre version will have an optional all-wheel drive system.


Two engines are expected to be offered in the India spec car, which includes the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, from the Verna and Elantra sedans, while Hyundai is also mulling a larger 2.0-litre diesel, which could subsequently also be offered in the new Sonata. The 1.6-litre CRDi puts out 128 PS and 260 Nm, while the 2.0-litre CRDi manages 140 PS and 320 Nm, although a more powerful 170 PS version of the same engine also exists. Hyundai will likely offer both manual and automatic transmission variants, with 6-speeds each.

The new Tucson’s four-wheel system is derived from the Santa Fe, and for the most part, this SUV drives via the front wheels only. Power is sent to the rear wheels only when the system detects slip at the front wheels. A maximum of 50 % of the power can be sent to the rear axle. While there is no low range option, Hyundai does offer a differential lock, which remains active at slow speed, up to a maximum of 40 km/h.


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The new Tucson’s interior is immediately recognisable as a Hyundai, with swooping surfaces and a variety of colours. Blue back-lit instruments are standard. Hyundai will offer the new Tucson with a very high level of equipment, which includes a built-in stereo with Bluetooth, power windows, electric mirrors, two airbags and rear parking sensors. Optional kit will likely include a sunroof, reverse camera and leather upholstery.


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At 591 litres, the Hyundai Tucson has the largest boot in the class. Hyundai could offer two additional seats as a dealer option to circumvent homologation requirements, like Renault has with the Duster.


As you can see, the new Hyundai Tucson will have a lot going for it. Critics in other countries have praised the Tucson’s build quality and value-for-money positioning, but have been a little critical about ride quality. The new Hyundai Tucson comes with adaptive dampers with two preset settings – a softer set-up for low-speed ride comfort and a stiffer setting for high-speed handling. How the new Tucson drives on Indian roads could be different, and Hyundai India could well tweak the suspension accordingly.


Hyundai has been going from strength to strength in the Indian market, and today its cars feature among the highest sellers in every segment the company competes in. The new Tucson is expected to carry on in the same vein, and the day isn’t very far when Hyundai could become India’s Number 1 carmaker.


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