Spe­cial edi­tions for an­niver­sary

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

In 1983, Alan Bond be­gan im­port­ing Hyundai cars into Aus­tralia.

This was done only in a small way, and ini­tially only in WA, where he part­nered his brother-in­law, lo­cal au­to­mo­tive legend John Hughes.

Hyundai is now very much part of the Aus­tralian au­to­mo­tive scene, rou­tinely sell­ing more than 100,000 ve­hi­cles a year, or about 10 per cent of our hard-fought mar­ket, af­ter ar­riv­ing in earnest in 1986.

Part of Hyundai’s plan to build on this her­itage is the in­tro­duc­tion of 30th An­niver­sary in Aus­tralia mod­els in the Hyundai Tuc­son and Santa Fe ranges.

The big­gest news is that the Santa Fe 30 Spe­cial Edi­tion has a V6 petrol en­gine, a unit that will also be of­fered in the rest of the Santa Fe range.

The 3.3-litre V6 has power and torque fig­ures of 199kW and 318Nm, the lat­ter peak­ing at a very high 5300rpm.

The V6 runs power to the wheels through a six-speed torque-con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Fea­tures ex­clu­sive to the Santa Fe 30 Spe­cial Edi­tion in­clude Min­eral Blue metal­lic paint, chromed exterior door han­dles, rear pri­vacy glass, 19-inch al­loy wheels in dark­grey fin­ish and heated exterior mir­rors.

In­side, the Santa Fe 30 has leather-ap­pointed trim, dual-zone cli­mate-con­trol air-con­di­tion­ing and glove­box cool­ing.

Based on the Tuc­son Ac­tiveX, the 30 Spe­cial Edi­tion adds mat­te­grey side steps and matte-black 19inch RAYS al­loy wheels. At the rear is a new twin-out­let muf­fler in­te­grated into the bumper.

There is also a sporty-look­ing rear dif­fuser.

The Ash Blue paint ex­clu­sive to the Tuc­son 30 Lim­ited Edi­tion is a great shade.

The Hyundai Tuc­son 30 has a 130kW/265Nm turbo-petrol en­gine driv­ing all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic.

We have driven this model and ap­pre­ci­ate the strong torque that runs from 1500rpm-4500rpm.

Even on long climbs it of­ten re­mained in sev­enth gear, oc­ca­sion­ally drop­ping au­to­mat­i­cally to sixth, only once needing fifth.

Hyundai’s Aus­tralian chief Scott Grant said the group wanted some­thing spe­cial to com­mem­o­rate Hyundai’s 30 years in Aus­tralia.

“They com­bine real value, unique looks, fea­tures and en­hanced per­for­mance,” he said. “I hon­estly ex­pect they’ll sell quickly.”

Only 300 ex­am­ples of each Tuc­son and Santa Fe 30 model are be­ing im­ported.

The nor­mal Hyundai iCare pro­gram ap­plies to these spe­cial edi­tions. It in­cludes a life­time ser­vice plan, a five-year un­lim­ited-dis­tance war­ranty, a sat-nav update plan, com­pli­men­tary road­side as­sis­tance for 12 months, a com­pli­men­tary first ser­vice and the myHyundai owner web­site.

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