Torquey Tuc­son

DAVE FALL pre­dicts a Kuga vs Tuc­son fight for mar­ket share

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THINK about SUVs in our bur­geon­ing South African mar­ket­place and Hyundai’s iX35 and Ford’s cel­e­brated Kuga come quickly to mind as top con­tenders.

Yes, there are oth­ers but the bat­tle for supremacy ( i. e., mar­ket share) con­tin­ues un­abated with the launch this month of the lat­est Hyundai Tuc­son ( aka iX35) …

( If you are a lit­tle con­fused over the ap­par­ent name change, don’t worry, all will be re­vealed soon enough).

Longer, wider and taller, the lat­est Tuc­son boasts an all- new de­sign, in­side and out, as it proudly wears the Tuc­son moniker once again.

Stan­ley An­der­son, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of Hyundai Au­to­mo­tive SA, told Wit­ness Wheels read­ers that a to­tal of 22 716 Tuc­sons have been sold in SA from 2005 to 2010, and the to­tal sales for the ix35 from 2010 up to 2016 were 33 692.

“Surely proof of the pop­u­lar­ity of Hyundai’s SUV, and we are ready to fight for the top po­si­tion in this very com­pet­i­tive mar­ket seg­ment again with the new 2016 model,” con­tin­ued An­der­son.

“The Tuc­son model name has sim­ply been re­vived — a mar­ket- ing ploy, if you will; and with it a new level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion, qual­ity and com­fort in this compact SUV that will again make it a favourite among lo­cal buy­ers.”

What­ever … the 2016 Tuc­son hence­forth fea­tures five de­riv­a­tives, rang­ing from the en­try- level 2.0 Nu Pre­mium with a ei­ther a man­ual six- speed gear­box or au­to­matic six- speed trans­mis­sion, to the range- top­ping 1.6 TGDi Elite de­riv­a­tive with the seven- speed dual- clutch trans­mis­sion ( 7DCT) and AWD ( all­wheel drive.)

In be­tween lies the Hyundai Tuc­son 2.0 Nu Elite, also with the two- litre petrol en­gine and au­to­matic six- speed trans­mis­sion, but with a high level of stan­dard fea­tures.

One step down in terms of stan­dard fea­tures is the 1.6 TGDi Ex­ec­u­tive, also with the new tur­bocharged 1,6- litre petrol en­gine, but with a man­ual six- speed gear­box.

The Ex­ec­u­tive of­fers a level of com­fort and stan­dard fea­tures that fits in be­tween the Pre­mium and Elite of­fer­ings.

Those who want the diesel ver­sion of Tuc­son can or­der one for de­liv­ery af­ter July, when fuel sta­tions across South Africa will be of­fer­ing Diesel 10 PPM ( 10 parts per mil­lion sul­phur con­tent) on their fore­courts.

A morn­ing’s drive in and around Cape Town in the petrol ver­sion sug­gest that the bar’s been raised by this Korean man­u­fac­turer.

Fru­gal, well- built and cer­tainly torquey; with fresh de­sign el­e­ments, let the bat­tle con­tinue for supremacy in the SUV stakes.

Healthy com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways good! Hyundai’s fiveyear/ 150 000 km man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty, en­hanced by the ad­di­tional new ground­break­ing seven- year/ 200 000 km drivetrain war­ranty, comes stan­dard with th­ese Tuc­son pack­ages, as well as road­side as­sis­tance for five years — or 150 000 km.

( All de­riv­a­tives come with a five- year/ 90 000 km ser­vice plan, and ser­vic­ing is re­quired only at 15 000 km in­ter­vals.)

Pric­ing: 2.0 Nu Pre­mium ( man) R359 900 2.0 Nu Pre­mium ( auto) R379 900 2.0 Nu Elite ( auto) R439 900 1.6 TGDi Ex­ec­u­tive ( man) R419 900 1.6 TGDi Elite DCT AWD R499 900


Hyundai has raised the bar in the SUV stakes with a fru­gal, well- built and torquey Tuc­son.

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