HYUNDAI TUC­SON GETS SPORTY

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS -

Hyundai South Africa has added an in­ter­est­ing model to the lo­cal Tuc­son line-up, the 1.6 TGDI Ex­ec­u­tive Sport. This is a lo­cally cre­ated de­riv­a­tive that adds a bit more oomph and some sporty de­sign flour­ishes to the Tuc­son Ex­ec­u­tive. The ve­hi­cle boasts some dark and ag­gres­sivelook­ing 19-inch rims shod with low-pro­file rub­ber, as well as a body kit con­sist­ing of front, side and rear skirts. The kit is im­ported from Korea and fit­ted lo­cally with the help of Tiger Wheel & Tyre.

Un­der the bon­net, the power on the stan­dard four-cylin­der 1.6-litre tur­bocharged petrol mill is upped from 130kW to 150kW. It is mated ex­clu­sively to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion. To give the ve­hi­cle a sportier sound, a throat­ier ex­haust sys­tem has also been added to the mix.

Stan­dard features on the Tuc­son Sport in­clude an eight-inch screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, CD player, USB and AUX mu­sic in­put. It also dis­plays a rear view from the park as­sist cam­era when re­vers­ing the ve­hi­cle. Other con­ve­nience features in­clude cruise con­trol, rain sen­sors for the au­to­matic wind­screen wipers, an au­to­matic air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, elec­tri­cally ad­justed leather seats and multi-func­tion con­trols on the steer­ing wheel.

Among the safety features found on the Tuc­son Sport are an elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gramme (ESP), ABS, elec­tronic brake dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) and a full set of driver, front pas­sen­ger, side and cur­tain airbags. The Tuc­son was awarded a full five-star safety rat­ing in the Euro­pean New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme (EuroNCAP).

The Tuc­son Sport’s rec­om­mended re­tail price of R499 900 in­cludes Hyundai’s seven-year/200 000km war­ranty, road­side as­sis­tance for five years or 150 000km, and a five-year/90 000km ser­vice plan. Its ser­vice in­ter­val is 15 000km.

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