HYUNDAI TUCSON GETS SPORTY
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.