Just hot of the launch of Lexus new SUV, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors pulled another one SUV launch of their own with the new 3rd generation Hyundai Tucson making an appearance on our shores. Since the launch of the first generation model, the Tucson has made an impression and has a strong reputation worldwide.
Mr Lau Yit Mun, the Managing Director of Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) expects the all-new Tucson to boost Hyundai’s sales in Malaysia with its new sporty bold design, upgraded features and a growing demand for SUVs in Malaysia. “Hyundai’s innovative design has never failed to impress car enthusiasts. The launch of the all-new Tucson demonstrates Hyundai’s design and technological capabilities in producing yet another game-changing product.” said Mr Lau.
The all-new Tucson is longer (+3.0 inch), wider (+1.1 inch) and has a longer wheelbase (+1.2 inch) than the previous model for greater interior volume and versatility. Overall, cargo room has been increased to 31.0 cubic feet (from 25.7), up more than five cubic feet over the previous model. The rear lift gate opening has been enlarged in every dimension, for greater cargo flexibility. The 60/40 rear seatbacks have a greater range of adjustable recline for varying combinations of passengers and cargo, with an increased available recline of 37 degrees compared with 28 degrees for the previous model.
The Tucson maintains the Nu 2.0 MPi engine with a direct-injected four-cylinder powerplant that produces 155 ps and 192 Nm torque. With a body weight of 1,435kg, the Tucson delivers the best power to weight ratio in its class. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual shifting mode as well as an overdrive lock-up torque converter would result in much-improved fuel economy at highway speeds. The Tucson also offers a choice of three Drive Mode selections which are normal, sports and eco to match the drivers’ mood and driving conditions.
This locally assembled C-SUV Tucson is currently only available in the aforementioned 2WD Nu 2.0 MPI engine with two variants to select from – the Elegance and the Executive. The Elegance retails at an introductory price of RM125,311.51 while the Executive variant retails at an introductory price of RM138,925.68. Price indicated is inclusive of GST but excludes registration fee, road tax, insurance and hire purchase ownership claim fees (only applicable in Peninsular Malaysia). According to HSDM, pricing for both the variants will increase by RM3,000 starting January 2016. To top it off, HSDM is also offering 50,000km free service with a validity of 3 years with every purchase of the new Tucson, which is equivalent to 6 times of free service. Customers can choose from seven appealing exterior colours which include Pure White, Platinum Silver, Pepper Grey, Sepia Topaz, Ara Blue, Ruby Wine and Phantom Black, and three leather packages namely Black, Red and White. These interior options are normally offered by luxury carmakers but HSDM is making them available for its customers as well.
As with all Hyundai models, the new Tucson also features a state-of-the-art safety system that offers optimal driving stability. These include the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with an Automatic Vehicle Hold feature. The Elegance variant is fitted with two airbags while the Executive variant has six airbags. HSDM offers a 5-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty on all its new passenger vehicles. A 24-hour road assist service is also now available to new and existing Hyundai vehicles.