New face, more features
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