Hyundai’s Tucson SUV is to make its UK debut at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live from 26 May to 4 June - the first opportunity UK customers will have to see the car before it goes on sale here in the autumn.
The Tucson (pronounced Too-son) marks the entry-level to Hyundai’s 4x4 range and complements the existing Santa Fe and Terracan. The Tucson will compete against cars such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sorento.
Tucson comes with Hyundai’s five year unlimited mileage fully transferable warranty – and joins the only 4x4 range with a manufacturer-backed warranty for a full five years.
As well as conquest sales from other four-wheel drive cars, Hyundai expects to attract customers who perhaps have not previously considered a 4x4. The added attraction is that the Tucson is a five door only vehicle, competing against three door opposition.
The Tucson has a monocoque construction, and sits on a highly modified version of the current Coupe platform. There will be three engine options offered (2.0 litre petrol, 2.0 litre common rail turbo diesel, and a powerful 2.7 V6), and two trim levels; GSI and CDX.
Hyundai expects the diesel version of Tucson to be particularly popular in a segment where more drivers are switching to diesel. Customers will be able to choose between a five speed manual transmission or four speed H-matic.
The Tucson uses a ‘torque-on-demand’ 4x4 system. The car runs in front-wheel drive until it detects loss of traction, then the 4x4 cuts in. It will then revert to two-wheel drive when adequate traction is detected. Additionally, at speeds up to 19mph, the driver can select permanent 4x4 for extra control when required at the touch of a button.
Tucson prices will start at around £15,000 when it goes on sale.
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