Hyundai Tuc­son

New face, more fea­tures

Auto Today - - Dashboard - Rahul Ghosh As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor rahul.ghosh@in­to­ @bul­let­com­pany

Hyundai is one com­pany which never shies away from up­grad­ing their prod­ucts. Next in line to get a re­vamp then will be the Tuc­son. Hyundai ini­tially launched the Tuc­son in FWD mode only and fol­lowed it up with the AWD ver­sion a year later. This one though is a more se­ri­ous up­grade. It comes with the new cas­cad­ing grille de­sign fea­tur­ing a lot of chrome. The front bumper is new too and now houses LED day time run­ning lights. The head­lamps are also LED type now. The wheels are new and avail­able in 18 or 19in guise. While most of the pro­file re­mains iden­ti­cal to the ex­ist­ing ver­sion, the tail lights are all LED units now.

In­side the changes are more sub­stan­tial. The dash is all new and now houses a large

8-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The touch­screen unit looks good and is eas­ily op­er­a­ble. The in­stru­ment panel also looks good and now of­fers more in­for­ma­tion to the driver. The Tuc­son also comes with ven­ti­lated seats which of­fer both cool­ing and heat­ing. They are also elec­tri­cally op­er­a­ble. An­other fea­ture which is much ap­pre­ci­ated is wire­less charg­ing for mo­bile phones. Hyundai has also loaded the Tuc­son with a lot of safety fea­tures in­clud­ing lane as­sist func­tion. The sys­tem sounds off a beep if the ve­hi­cle starts coast­ing into a dif­fer­ent lane and there is steer­ing as­sist as well. The Tuc­son also gets a panoramic sun­roof which is quite large. Space has never been a prob­lem with the Tuc­son and it is the same case in this new ver­sion. The rear seat of­fers am­ple space and

three can sit abreast with lit­tle dis­com­fort. The boot is large and the cargo space can fur­ther be in­creased by pop­ping the rear seats down.

The Tuc­son we drove was pow­ered by a 1.6-litre diesel mo­tor mated to an au­to­matic gear­box which sends power to all four wheels as and when re­quired. The max power is rated at 136bhp while the peak torque is 320Nm. While it is not as ex­cit­ing to drive as the one we have here in In­dia, the 1.6 vari­ant of­fers de­cent enough power to al­low smooth high­way cruis­ing. How­ever, we are told that in In­dia, the new Tuc­son will con­tinue with the cur­rent en­gine. The Tuc­son also comes with a slightly stiffer sus­pen­sion which means han­dling has im­proved and there is no wal­lowy feel on this ver­sion. The steer­ing too has a lot more feed­back and is much bet­ter than the cur­rent ver­sion we have here.

The new ver­sion of the Tuc­son gets a new dash com­plete with a new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. More fea­tures are added in­clud­ing wire­less charg­ing among oth­ers

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