Special editions for anniversary
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.