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2018-03-29 09:53

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Cape Town – Hyundai celebrated the world premiere of its new Tucson at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The Hyundai Tucson has been the automaker's best-selling car in Europe since its launch in 2015 and locally continues to be a best-seller. Designed and built in Europe, Hyundai’s new compact SUV enters the market with refreshed, eye-catching design, revised powertrain line-up and more advanced technology and convenience features.

Hyundai Motor Europe: "The New Tucson brings a fresh look, creating a consistent appearance with our latest Hyundai models, as well as a series of enhancements to the driving and ownership experience.

"With this major update, we expect the New Tucson to remain highly attractive to our customers, who consistently make it our best-selling model."


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The Tucson’s exterior design is achieved by the cascading Grille and a refined new light signature with full LED headlights as well as an uplifted front bumper, skid plate and a new wheel design. The car is also equipped with new taillights as well as a redesigned rear bumper

Better performance

The New Tucson is powered by two diesel and two petrol engines (specification for SA to be confirmed). All of them are revised to reduce size and to further improve CO2-emissions.

The most powerful powertrain in this line-up is the 2.0 diesel engine with an output of 137kW. This high-performance engine comes with four-wheel drive and can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission (6MT) or optionally with the newly developed eight-speed automatic.

Alternatively, customers can choose between the newly developed 1.6 diesel engines with two power outputs: the standard version is capable of 85kW and the higher power version offers 98kW. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive. For the higher power version Hyundai offers a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) and the choice of front- or four-wheel drive.

Hyundai’s new in-house developed 7DCT transmission is a state-of-the-art gearbox. Compared with an automatic transmission, it enhances fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and performance while maintaining its high shifting quality.

To meet customers’ needs the New Tucson is also available with two petrol engines. The1.6-litre GDI with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive generates 97kW. With delivering up to 130kW the 1.6-litre T-GDI is excellent in terms of power and performance. It can be mated to a 6MT or a 7DCT, both available with front- or four-wheel drive. The entire engine line-up of New Tucson meets the new Euro 6c emission standards resulting in improved fuel efficiency by minimising drivetrain friction losses.

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Convenient driving for everyone

Customers can choose between class-leading comfort and convenience features which consist of a premium sound system by Krell, a wireless QI standard based mobile phone charger and a seven-inch information screen, supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity.

For an efficient and comfortable ride from A to B the car can be equipped with an eight-inch navigation system which offers 3D maps and a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services including updated information in real time. A standard USB port provides a further connection of the customer’s mobile devices with New Tucson. Another standard feature is the extra USB port in the rear, delivering additional power to recharge the devices on-board if needed.

Latest active safety technologies

The latest Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features available in the new Tucson comply with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Speed Limit Indicator Function (SLIF). Furthermore, the safety package includes Hyundai’s Surround View Monitor (SVM), which uses cameras to provide 360° vision during reversing.

Additionally bi-LED headlights, the High Beam Assist (HBA) and rain-sensing wipers provide high visibility at all times. Using front radar sensors, the Tucson’s Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) keeps constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and brakin.


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