SOLID PACKAGE: Hyundai's popular Tucson has received two new diesel-powered models. Image: Quickpic
Cape Town - Hyundai has added more armory to its arsenal with the addition of two diesel models in its Tuscon range.
Previously known as the ix35, the Tuscon, also the name of a city in Arizona, was launched locally in March 2016.
New diesel models
At R439 900, the 1.7-litre (85kW/280Nm) (only available in manual) is priced on par with the 1.6 turbocharged petrol model, both specified in Executive trim.
The four-cylinder is a Euro 6 engine, which complies with the latest diesel engine emission legislation being driven by the European Commission.
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The 2.0-litre (131kW/400Nm) model (available with a six-speed automatic) at R519 900, is the same price as the top of the range petrol model, the Korean firm has given them the Elite specification.
Both models are only available in front-wheel drive with the 1.7 riding on 17" wheels, while the 2.0-litre is fitted with 18" wheels.
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The pair arrive in showrooms imminently, however we could only sample the lower-capacity model at the launch.
On a route that included highway, town and some gravel roads the Tucson proved to be comfortable and powerful.
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Two aspects that stood out was the generous torque band, from 280Nm and also how slick-shifting the six-speeder felt. The ride quality is good, which I took careful note of when traversing the gravel road that elevated me up to the Paarl nature reserve.
A longer, more comprehensive driving schedule and a go in the 2.0-litre model will feature on Wheels24 in the coming months, so keep a look-out for that.
A new drive mode system is available on the range-topping models which can be switched between normal and sport.
R15 000 sat-nav now available
Inside, both models are fitted with the Oceanids Black interior package which includes leather seats and a leather-shod steering wheel.
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Notable features in both models include: electric front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear passenger air vents, a cooled glove box, cruise control with buttons and a rear view camera with display in the rear view mirror.
One last note, is that you can specify a sat-nav system with any model in the range, the optional extra is R15 000 and is a 20cm touchscreen that provides maps of Southern Africa and a useful mirror link feature for your smartphone.
Hyundai say they sell around 600 units a month, with these two additions that number can only ascend.
1.7 Executive (manual) - R439 900
2.0 Elite (automatic) - R519 900
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