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Hyundai SA refreshes Tucson Sport: Design tweaks, power boost and new diesel engine

2019-07-29 09:12
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Hyundai's popular Tucson SUV range in South Africa has been bolstered with a new derivative sporting design tweaks, enhanced power and diesel power.

The Sport is available in two derivatives: The petrol version with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, and a diesel version with a 2-litre turbocharged engine.

The 1.6-litre petrol turbo delivers 150kW/300Nm. Power is fed to the front wheels through an automatic 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), with the option of manual shift override.

The 2-litre turbodiesel also delivers 150 kW/460Nm. This engine, also delivering power to the front wheels, is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission which also offers a manual shift option.

The Tucson Sport’s interior is similar to the other derivatives in the range, sporting a dashboard with a floating 7" screen for its infotainment system that offers features such as linkage to Apple’s CarPlay or the Android Auto application on smartphones.

In the case of the Sport derivative, the top specification level was chosen, including electric seat adjustment for the driver and passenger, dual climate control, rear air vents, rear parking assist cameras, rear-view camera with a display on the infotainment screen and a panoramic sunroof.

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The Tucson's upper dashboard features high-quality soft-touch material with a double-stitching line for a high-quality feeling in the interior. The focal point of the centre console is the floating audio system screen, which has an ergonomic position to allow drivers to stay focused on the road. The infotainment system in the Tucson offers a satellite navigation function when used with one’s Apple cell phone and CarPlay, or the Android Auto application.

With the addition of the Sport, the Tucson range in South Africa now consists of nine derivatives with a choice between three engines – a naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine;  the turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine and the 2-litre turbocharged diesel – and three specification levels. All derivatives are front-wheel driven.

Premium, for the entry-level derivatives, includes cruise control, an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, LED daytime running lights and driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags. The 4-cylinder, 2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, delivering 115kW/196Nm maximum torque, is used for the Premium derivatives, in combination with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Executive, adds features such as an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), leather seats, Blind Spot Detection for side-mirrors, Cross Traffic Alert detectors at the rear, electric seat adjustment for the driver and auto aircon with climate control.

An Executive derivative with the 2-litre petrol engine, delivering power through a 6-speed auto gearbox, is a new addition to the range, as well as the Tucson R2.0 Executive with a 131kW/400Nm 2-litre turbodiesel engine and new 8-speed auto gearbox.

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Elite, with top-of-the-range added standard features such as a panoramic sun roof, electric seat adjustment for the front passenger as well, a push-button to start the engine and keyless entry. The Elite derivatives also include the Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert safety features. Another standard feature is the extra USB port in the rear, delivering additional power to recharge the devices on-board if needed.

Elite Sport, with the same features as the Elite derivative, as well as the bespoke rims, side skirts, front and rear spoilers and dual exhausts.


Apart from the Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert (Executive, Elite and Sport versions), the Tucson is equipped with passive safety features such as dual front and side airbags (driver and front passenger) and curtain airbags that offer protection for rear passengers as well in all derivatives. Isofix latching points for child safety seats are also fitted to all Tucson derivatives.

Executive, Elite and Sport derivatives of the Tucson are also equipped with Vehicle Stability Management that keeps the car stable on wet, slippery or rough roads, as well as Hill-start Assist Control to prevent roll-back when pulling off against an incline.


Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport (Dual Clutch Transmission) - R654 900

Tucson R2.0 Sport Turbodiesel (automatic) - R664 900

All prices include:

A 5 year or 90 000km service plan; A 7-year or 200 000km warranty; and Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000. All service intervals are 15 000km, with a mandatory initial 5000km service for the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite and Sport derivatives.

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