Turbo Tucson: Two superdiesels blow into SA

  • Diesel additions take range to seven
  • No 4×4 for Turbo Tucsons, however
  • Leather throughout, whole new nose
2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON: Revised nose, yes, but the general lines and double kink along each side still give instant identification. Image: Hyundai SA

Two diesel Turbo Tucsons have been added to Hyundai’s compact SUV range that has, its South African distributor says, became a top-seller in its segment since launch here in early 2016.

The Turbo Tucsons take to seven the number of models in the Tucson stable – five petrol units have been available in SA since March 2016.

The first Tucson imports reached SA, sold well, and were joined by the smaller ix35 in 2009.

2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON:  Reading lights, eyewear holder and electric controls for the new and larger sunroof. Image: Hyundai SA

Stanley Anderson, Hyundai Automotive SA’s sales and operations director, told The Corner in a media release:
“The overall total sales of 56 408 first-generation Tucson and ix35 shows their popularity but since the arrival of the current Tucson earlier in 2016 we’ve sold more than 600 a month.

“That puts us top in the segment.”

Anderson believes the diesels will futher expand sales in a what The Corner has already reported is severely depressed national market, so what is being offered…

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The R439 900 Executive spec model has a new 1.7-litre engine capable of 85kW at 4000rpm and 280Nm from 1250-2750rm that sends power to the front wheels thrugh a six-speed manual gearbox.

The R519 900 Elite has a two-litre Euro 2 engine that makes 131kW at 4000rpm / 400Nm from 1750-2750 r/min and has a six-speed auto to turn the front wheels.

2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON:  Each new Tucson, including the just-launched turbodiesels, have folding rear seats to greatly expand luggage volume.  Image: Hyundai SA

Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group says of the Tucson: “The design expresses our progressive spirit and passion and it is transforming the brand. The new Tucson has a distinctive and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and our new hexagonal grille.”

That grille really dominates the SUV’s nose and is flanked by diode projection headlights wholse diod array changes to accommodate curves in the road. Beneath the package is a silver-finished skid plate.

Diode lights are also used at the rear; there’s a departure skid plate and, depending on model, single or twin exhausts.

The 1.7 Executive Diesel manual has 17″ alloy wheel rims, the 2.0 Elite auto runs on 18″ alloy rims.

The cabins have soft-touch, high-quality, materials on all surfaces, Hyundai says, and “the new horizontal layout of the centre console conveys the car’s elegance while increasing the feeling of space”.

POWER SEATS, BIG LUGGAGE SPACE

Ten cabin/body colour combinations are listed though both new models have a black interior package that includes leather seats and a leather-covered, multi-function, steering wheel.

Front seats, the automaker explains, have long squabs and have power adjustment that includes lumbar support adjustment for the driver. With all rear seats upright, the luiggage volume is 513 litres, seats folded 1503 litres and over it all is an opening sunroof.

Both models also have dual-zone auto aircon with rear vents, chillable oddments box, cruise control and a rearview camera displaying on the facia information screen.

2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON: Auto or manual gearbox, top-end facia with extra satnav and entertainment package for R15 000. Tucson Image: Hyundai SA

Bluetooth telephony is standard, music can be streamed from a smartphone or iPod, controllable from buttons on the steering-wheel.

Digital radio with six speakers is standard across the Tucson range. Further connectivity is possible through USB and auxiliary connections for iPod in the centre console through Bluetooth.

Satnav and a more comprehensive entertainment system is a R15 000 option on all Tucsons. It includes::

  • 20cm hi-res wide-angel screen
  • 3D navigation for southern Africa
  • Mirror Link (view/control Android phone)
  • HDMI connectivity (view iPhone on head unit)
  • DVD player
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • 18 FM and 12 AM radio station pre-set
  • Bluetooth hands-free with phone book
  • Bluetooth music streaming / song name
  • USB port with iPod direct connecton
  • iPod audio control
  • Auxiliary input
  • 4x40W amplifier

The latest Tucson scored among the most omprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment for crash avoidance/mitigation features. The Tucson has scored a full set of five stars after Euro NCAP testing top ratings of 86% for adult protection and 85% for child safety.

2017 Hyundai Tucson
2017 HYUNDAI TUCSON: Alloy wheels standard on new Turbo Tucson, skid plates front and rear.  Image: Hyundai SA

Variously fitted to models are blind-spot vehicle detection and lane-departure warning. Executive and Elite derivatives have stability and powered steering assistance, the latter to help keep the vehicle under control through an emergency manoeuvre and while accelerating or braking on a surfaces with varying.

Radar scans through 180 degrees while reversing to watch for cross-traffic or other obstructions.

Passive post-impact features include six crash-bags – driver, front passenger, side and curtain – across the range. Rear seats have IsoFix child-seat anchors.

180 000 KM OF ACCELERATED TESTING

The front suspension uses Macpherson struts, the rear multilink and the brake systme uses 305mm front / 302mm rear discs.

Hyundai ran accelerated durability testing on Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the its own test centre to the equivalent of 180 000km of everyday driving with special attention paid to steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seats and aircon.

2017 Hyundai Tucson prices

Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium – R369 900
Tucson 2.0 Nu Premium a/t – R389 900
Tucson 2.0 Nu Elite a/t – R454 900
Tucson 1.6 TGDi Executive – R439 900
Tucson 1.6 TGDi Elite DCT 4×4 – R519 900
Tucson 1.7 UII Executive Diesel – R439 900
Tucson R2.0 Elite a/t – R519 900

Hyundai’s five-year or 150 000km general manufacturer’s warranty and seven-year or 200 000km drivetrain warranty is backed by an all-new Hyundai Tucson package, as well as roadside assistance for five years or 150 000 km.

Each model is delivered with a five-year or 90 000km service plan with service intervals 15 000km, except for the Tucson 1.7 Executive Diesel which has 30 000km service intervals.

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