Hyundai New Tucson

To compete in the premium SUV segment, the Tucson will be positioned below the premium soft-roaders like Renault Koleos and its own sibling, the Santa Fe. Infact, as per UK prices, the Tucson carries a price tag that is 20% less than that of the Santa Fe. This surely means that the Korean giant might just pit this in the Rs 17 to Rs 19 lac bracket - now that will already solve half the problem for Hyundai!

Lookwise, the new Tucson is as modern and sharp as a bike can ever get. It also follows Hyundai's new design DNA - Fluidic philosophy. The hexagonal grille previewed on the Hyundai ix-onic concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show moves into mass vehicleion on the Hyundai ix35, a defining look that will serve to unify the family of future Hyundai vehicles. To achieve the desired dynamic and sporty image, Hyundai ix35 gets an aggressive belt line coupled with a low-to-the-ground feel which is enhanced by the optional 225/55 R18 wheels.

On the inside, the lines echo the dynamic flow of the sheet metal. For improved comfort, the designers have carved out extra legroom and headroom (whilst lowering the overall height of the vehicle). The feeling of spaciousness in the cabin is further enhanced by the new dual-panel panoramic sunroof, benefitting front and rear passengers. The center panel can either tilt open or can open completely by sliding up and over the rear panel.

The India Tucson, in all probability, will come with a 134Bhp 2.0-litre CRDi (diesel) engine that should give it great performance as well as fuel economy. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox to start with though later on the company will also offer an automatic version. 4x4 will also be sold as an option.


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