DAVE FALL predicts a Kuga vs Tucson fight for market share
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.