Recently released: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has replaced its popular ix35 small SUV with a larger offering, the Tucson, a familiar nameplate that returns under the company’s global naming strategy.

Longer and wider than the ix35, the all-new Hyundai Tucson moves up to the Medium SUV category in the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry’s (FCAI’s) vehicle classification, due to its larger footprint.

It is 65mm shorter than arch rival Mazda CX-5, for example, yet Hyundai points to the Tucson having more front/rear leg and hip room and 85 litres more boot space (with the rear seats in place).

The four-tier range offers a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, four engines and three transmissions. Though not available at launch, the line-up includes a 2.0-litre MPi petrol engine. Fitted to the base model Active 2WD, pricing starts at $27,990 for the six-speed manual variant. This engine can also be sourced in the Elite 2WD (auto only). Engine specifications will be confirmed closer to the above variants’ on-sale date later this year.

The mid-range ActiveX 2WD with 2.0-litre GDI petrol engine (121kW/203Nm) and six-speed manual comes in at $30,490. An optional six-speed auto transmission adds $2500 to both the Active and Active X.

All-wheel-drive is available with a choice of 1.6-litre turbo petrol (130kW/265Nm)/seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 2.0-litre CRDi turbo diesel (136kW/400Nm)/six-speed auto in higher grades of specification.

The former is priced at $38,240 (Elite) and $43,490 (Highlander), while the latter carries a sticker of $40,240 (Elite) and $45,490 (Highlander). All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price, which excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs.

As with every locally-sold Hyundai model except the iMax people mover and iLoad commercial vehicle, the all-new Tucson’s suspension has been exhaustively tested and tuned over 20,000km on Australian roads by HMCA’s chassis development team.

New technology includes:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition (Highlander model)
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone support technology (Active and ActiveX models)
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Traction Cornering Control (AWD models)
  • Trailer Stability Assist (Active, Elite and Highlander models)
  • Hands-free power tailgate (Highlander model).

Other features include:

  • Auto-folding side mirrors (ActiveX, Elite and Highlander)
  • LED headlights with static bending lights (Elite and Highlander)
  • Courtesy lights (Elite and Highlander)
  • Panoramic glass sunroof (Highlander)
  • LED rear combination lights (Elite and Highlander)
  • Front and rear skid plates (Highlander)
  • Dual-tip trapezoidal exhaust (Highlander)
  • Ten-way adjustable driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support (Elite and Highlander)
  • Eight-way adjustable front passenger seat (Highlander)
  • Multi-adjustable reclining rear seat backrest
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with three-way temperature adjustment for each function (Highlander).

By Barry Green