New Hyundai Tucson lands in Mzansi

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Hyundai Mzansi is on a roll with bold design models being launched in the local market. Soon after the “Stop and ask if its a Hyundai” Staria wowed Mzansi, we now have the equally bold design Tuscon being launched to wow SUV buyers looking for value and versatility.

Featuring bigger and wider dimensions as compared to its predecessor, the front styling is one area that will attract attention with the vehicle’s front grille, where Parametric Hidden Lights provide a strong first impression. When the lights are off, the front of the vehicle appears covered in dark, geometric patterns, with no distinction between the signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), which are seamlessly integrated into the grille. Thanks to new half-mirror lighting technology, when the DRLs are switched on, the dark chrome appearance of the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes, bringing an eye-catching element to an otherwise sleek appearance. Executive and Elite spec models come with full LED Headlamps with Auto High beam adjustment on the Elite.

The side seas the model get dynamic lines that run between the front fender all the way to the rear with a chrome line running on the A pillar from the front to the back. 17, 18 and 19 inch wheels are offered in line with the Premium, Executive and Elite spec. The new Tuscon has a longer wheelbase for added space inside. Elite models come standard with a large Panoramic glass roof. On the rear, wide tail lamps with parametric hidden light details continue the design theme. The new Tucson’s rear bumper also integrates parametric pattern details with a three-dimensional effect, coupled with a sporty trim. It is also the first Hyundai model to apply a hidden rear wiper, which sit under the spoiler. Rear lights are bulb on the Premium and Executive model whilst the Elite gets LED technology.

Inside the Tuscon continues the new age design with a large 8-inch infotainment screen with wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connection and wireless smartphone charging. High-quality soft-touch materials appear throughout the interior, lifting the look and feel to a new level, while new indirect air vents start from the doors and flow to the centre console. The Premium derivative features a cloth seat covering, while the Executive and Elite variants have artificial leather seats. Electric front seat controls for the driver is offered as standard on the Executive and Elite models with the Elite also having the front passenger seat electrically controlled as well. Seat heating is standard on all all models whilst seat cooling is standard on Executive and Elite models only.

Seating is for 5 people and boot space has been increased, offering 539 litres of luggage capacity with the seats up and up to 1 860 litres with the seats folded. The rear seat-backs of the all-new Tucson can be folded forward in a 60:40 ratio. The boot lid is manually opened and closed.

Two 4-cylinder engines – a naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol and a 2-litre turbodiesel – are used as powerplants for the new Tucson in South Africa. The Smartstream G 2.0 MPI petrol engine, linked to 6-speed automatic transmission, does duty in the Premium, Executive and one of the Elite variants, while the Smartstream D 2.0 turbocharged diesel engine, coupled with an 8-speed transmission, is used in the other Elite derivative.

The 2-litre petrol engine delivers 115 kW peak power at 6 200 r/min. and 192 Nm peak torque at 4 500 r/min. The turbodiesel boasts with 137 kW peak power at 4 000 r/min., and 416 Nm maximum torque between 2 000 and 2750 r/min. Fuel consumption in a combined test cycle was measured at 8,9 litres per 100 km for the 2-litre petrol variants, while the turbodiesel Elite uses 7,9 litres per 100 km. Drive in all models is to the front wheels. All four variants are driven through the front wheels. Four drive modes – Eco, Smart, Normal and Sport – are available, with selection by a switch on the middle console behind the gear lever. The Smart driving mode offers a blend of economical driving, switching to Sport mode when the system senses the driver’s urgency. The new Tucson has been developed and tested for durability and dynamics on the most demanding race track in the world, the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The conventional suspension dampers use new valve technology that offers more tuning flexibility for an improved ride. A MacPherson strut on the front and multi-link suspension on the rear ensure good levels of comfort and handling.

Safety is taken care off by a multitude of tech features including

Executive derivatives:

  • Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW): monitors rear corners creating a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors if a vehicle is detected. If the driver activates the indicator, an audible signal is emitted.
  • Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCA): reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility by alerting through audio and visual warning;

Elite derivatives:

  • Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): uses rear radars to monitor rear corners. If another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. Where necessary, BCA emits an audible warning and applies differential braking;
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): this autonomous braking function can detect cars, pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the vehicle if necessary.
  • Lane Follow Assist (LFA): automatically adjusts the steering to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane;
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC): this regulates vehicle speed and maintains the distance to other vehicles in front;
  • Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA): applies the brakes while reversing if a rear collision from a passing vehicle is detected;
  • Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCA);
  • Fatigue Detection/Driver Attention Warning (DAW) is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents; and
  • High Beam Assist (HBA): a system that automatically adjusts the headlamp range (switches between high beam and low beam) according to the brightness of other vehicles and road conditions.

The suggested retail prices of the variants in the new Tucson range are:

Tucson 2.0 NU Premium AT R 519 900
Tucson 2.0 NU Executive AT R 569 900
Tucson 2.0 NU Elite AT R 634 900
Tucson R2.0 Elite Turbodiesel AT R 699 900

All new Hyundai Tucsons are sold with a 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a 6-year/90 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 km.