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Hyundai’s new Tuc­son has been mak­ing waves since it ar­rived in our mar­ket around March of this year.

Be­sides its some­what per­plex­ing name change from Tuc­son to ix35 and back to Tuc­son again for this third gen­er­a­tion S.U.V., it has also gar­nered a lot of praise from the lo­cal me­dia. Chicks dig it.

No re­ally, they do. South Africa’s “Women on Wheels” awarded the Tuc­son their cov­eted 2016 Car of the Year award.

Dudes seem to be smit­ten as well, judg­ing by the equally fa­vor­able com­ments of the men-folk at the re­cent Hyundai launch.

This event was held to in­tro­duce a pair of im­por­tant new­com­ers to the range – turbo-diesel en­gines.

Good news for Hyundai and not so much for their com­peti­tors as the Korean brand was re­cently voted 35th best ( glob­ally) with 6th place in the au­to­mo­tive list and 5th in terms of vol­ume. Since March of this year, South African sales fig­ures also show a ster­ling ef­fort – 20% share in the Tuc­son's mar­ket seg­ment which climbs a fur­ther 2.6% with fleet sales.

Back to the two new turbo-diesel mo­tors though and first up is a 2litre four-cylin­der (car­ried over from the ix35) with re­spectable max­i­mum out­puts of 131kw and 400Nm.

Al­though its emis­sions may only con­form to Euro 2 stan­dards, this trusty unit is mated to a six-speed au­to­matic gear­box and it should be­come any sub­ur­ban par­ent's dar­ling.

A big­ger novelty is self-ig­nit­ing en­gine num­ber two in the shape of a very ad­vanced 1.7-litre four­cylin­der turbo-diesel mo­tor with new-age trick­ery like ex­haust gas re­cir­cu­la­tion, in­tel­li­gent valve lift con­trol, light­weight con­struc­tion as well as some state-of-the-art fuel in­jec­tors which are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing pres­sures up to 2,000 bar. How much is 2,000 bar? A lot.

So much, in fact, that this en­gine achieves the highly cov­eted Euro 6 emis­sions stan­dard.

Its out­right power of 85kw may be less than that of its se­nior 2L coun­ter­part but this 1.7 pro­duces up to 280Nm of torque from just 1,250rpm.

That's a smidgen over idle!

Hyundai let us loose with a whole fleet of their 1.7L Tuc­sons and I teamed up with two co-driv­ers to give the new­comer a thor­ough test on high­ways, con­gested city traf­fic and a fair bit of dirt road.

Cur­rently avail­able with a sixspeed man­ual gear­box and fron­twheel-drive, we were all suit­ably im­pressed by the lit­tle mo­tor.

Top (sixth) gear clocks 2,000rpm at 120km/h but isn't suitable for speeds un­der 80km/h. All three of us de­lib­er­ately drove in high gears at slow road speeds to test Hyundai's torque claim. While its power out­put is not earth-mov­ing, the new en­gine's re­sponse from just 1,250rpm is highly im­pres­sive – smooth and quite lin­ear.

Pas­sen­ger space and com­fort is com­mend­able, the ride is pretty ac­cept­able too as long as you stay away from huge wheels.

The two- litre Diesel Tuc­son is avail­able in Elite trim while the 1.7- litre comes with Ex­ec­u­tive spec­i­fi­ca­tions which in­clude the usual pow­ered- this and au­tothat, pleather, as well as mul­ti­ple driver aids.

The Korean S. U. V.’ s ac­tive and pas­sive safety arse­nal in­cludes six airbags, some ISO-FIX child seat an­chors, ABS brakes with VSC and ESC sta­bil­ity con­trol.

You also get blind- spot as­sist, a rear cross-traf­fic alert (which warns you of ap­proach­ing danger when re­vers­ing out of a con­fined space), hill start as­sis­tant and a five-star EURONCAP (crash test) rat­ing. Other stan­dard items fit­ted to this S. U. V. in­clude cli­mate and cruise con­trol, Blue­tooth, rearview cam­era as well as a huge panoramic sun­roof (Elite model only).

Any po­ten­tial owner may also or­der an af­ter­mar­ket eight-inch touch-screen me­dia and sat-nav sys­tem which seam­lessly fits into the ve­hi­cle's dash­board.

Colour and wheel choices get a bit tricky as the Tuc­son is built at two dif­fer­ent fac­to­ries – the older 2litre auto’ in Korea and the su­per­clean 1.7 man­ual in the Czech Re­pub­lic.

This will also af­fect one or two in­te­rior spec­i­fi­ca­tions but at least the de­fault paint colour choices like whites, sil­vers and greys are avail­able from both lo­ca­tions.

Prices for the 1.7L start at about N$461,000, while the cost of an R2.0 Elite Auto will be an­nounced later. Petrol models cost be­tween N$382,000 (2.0 Pre­mium M) and N$540,000 (1.6TGDI DCT AWD). All box- fresh Hyundai Tuc­sons are de­liv­ered with a five- year 150,000km war­ranty (with two ad­di­tional years and an ex­tra 50,000km for the drive-train) as well as five years or 90,000km worth of ser­vice plan.

Com­pared to main ri­vals, the new turbo- diesel models are in the ball­park for pric­ing with a few niceties and ex­tra fea­tures here or there.

If one con­sid­ers the new Tuc­son's well-re­ceived styling and all the tech­ni­cal up­dates, Hyundai most cer­tainly has a strong con­tender on its hands; that huge war­ranty and the ser­vice plan should seal the deal. 2.0 Pre­mium (M) N$382,000 2.0 Pre­mium (A) N$403,000 2.0 Elite (A) N$472,000 1.6 TGDI Exec (M) N$455,000 1.6 TGDI Elite (A)* N$540,000 1.7 UII Exec (M) N$461,000 R2.0 Elite (A) to be an­nounced Prices (Novem­ber 2016)

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