The fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson has gone on sale in South Africa at a starting price of R519,900.
Four models are available spanning three specification grades, with a petrol engine powering the three cheapest models and a diesel engine driving the range-topper.
The new Tucson is substantially larger in all dimensions than the model it is replacing, resulting in more luggage space, higher ground clearance, and a roomier cabin.
The new Tucson is sold in Premium, Executive, and Elite trim levels, with Premium slotting in as the entry-level option.
Standard features on this model comprise fabric upholstery, heated front seats, a wireless charger, an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver’s display, cruise control, dual-zone manual airconditioning with rear vents, all-round parking sensors, a rear-view camera, 17-inch wheels, and LED daytime running lights.
Moreover, the Tucson Premium offers all-round parking sensors, trailer stability assist, ABS with downhill brake control, hill-assist control, and six airbags.
Along with the above features, the mid-range Tucson Executive comes with LED headlights, mirror-mounted indicators, a dark chrome grille, chrome bumper mouldings, 18-inch alloys, roof rails, a silver skid plate, and a leather interior.
It further sees a powered driver seat, illuminated sun visors, blind-spot detection, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an automatic window defogger.
At the top of the range sits the Tucson Elite, which receives a host of additional niceties compared to its siblings.
These include 19-inch wheels, LED tail lights, privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and start, a tyre pressure monitor, driver attention monitoring, blind-spot collision avoidance assistance, lane keep assist with road-edge detection, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control, and a forward-collision avoidance assistant.
Boot space in the new Hyundai then measures 539 litres, up from 488 litres in the outgoing generation.
All three trim levels of the new Tucson are available with a 2.0-litre, petrol engine, whereas only the top-end Tucson Elite is also offered with a 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel.
The petrol configuration generates 115kW and 192Nm and sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.
These models sprint from 0-100km/h in 11.4 seconds, reaches top speeds of 181km/h, and returns a combined fuel consumption rating of 8.9l/100km.
Owners of the diesel Tucson will have 137kW and 416Nm at their disposal, with power handled by an eight-speed auto-box driving the front wheels.
This specification accelerates to 100km/h in a faster 9.2 seconds, reaches a 201km/h top speed, and sees combined fuel consumption rated at 7.4l/100km.
Ground clearance for the SUV comes in at 181mm – with maximum braked towing capacity pegged at 1,650kg for the petrol models and 1,900kg for the diesel.
The South African pricing for the new Hyundai Tucson range is as follows:
- Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Premium – R519,900
- Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Executive – R569,900
- Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Elite – R634,900
- Hyundai Tucson 2.0D Elite – R699,900
Each purchase includes a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty, a 6-year/90,000km service plan, and 7-year/150,000km roadside assistance.