Launched: new Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai readies its third SUV for India
Hyundai's SUVs have been creating quite a storm in the Indian market lately. The Creta has set sales charts on fire. The Santa Fe, though not a runaway success, has done considerable numbers and in fact, it has overwhelmed Hyundai India with more demand for it than it'd initially expected.
With the launch of the Tucson, a third chapter is about to begin and as far as the product is concerned, it has quite a few things going for it. It has segment-first features such as a powered tail gate, hill descent control, electric park brake and auto hold function for the brakes. Apart from that, it has almost every safety feature you'd want in a premium SUV -- six airbags, ESP, hill assist control, among others.
The Tucson fills in the gap left open between the other Hyundai SUVs and has no direct rival when it comes to its pricing. With that, the Tucson will have an untapped market to play in.
This isn't the first time the Tucson name has come to India. The first generation was introduced in the Indian market in 2005, being owing to the tiny market size of premium SUVs in India back then, Hyundai landed up selling only 1,800 units till it was put to sleep in 2010. This time around, Hyundai has been aggressive with the pricing and the base petrol manual comes at Rs 18.99 lakh where as the top-end diesel auto goes up to Rs 24.99 lakh.
With the launch of the Tucson, Hyundai has found the right opportunity to get a new diesel engine to India. It displaces 1,995cc and churns out 183bhp and a massive 402Nm of torque. It is mated either to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed auto. There's also a petrol engine on offer -- taken from the Elantra -- that develops 153bhp and 192Nm. That, too, is available with manual and automatic transmissions.
While the Tucson will strengthen Hyundai's SUV portfolio in India, it'll also offer a product for a buyer in the Rs 22-27 lakh segment. To strengthen the portfolio even further, Hyundai will get its sub-4m SUV to India by mid-2019, stated Hyundai India MD Y K Koo.
Deliveries of the Tucson commence today and Hyundai is aiming at doing 500-700 units per month with this new SUV.
Miss an AWD system? Worry not, the AWD version with a panoramic sunroof will be offered April 2017 onwards. While you wait for our review, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. But before that, here's the full price list:
MT: Rs 18.99 lakh
AT GL: Rs 21.79 lakh
MT: Rs 21.59 lakh
AT GL: Rs 23.48 lakh
AT GLS: Rs 24.99 lakh
All prices introductory, ex-showroom, Delhi.