Hyundai Tucson Makes Its UK Debut At The 2004 Motor Show

The Hyundai Tucson

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.

Published : 26/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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