Hyundai Motor India launched the Tucson SUV on November 14, 2016 and has already received over 200 bookings in India. The South Korean carmaker launched the third-generation Tucson in India and has been positioned between the Creta and their flagship SUV, Santa Fe.
Over 75 percent of the bookings for the Tucson is for the diesel model and over 55 percent of the overall bookings are for the top-of-the-line diesel automatic variant. The Hyundai Tucson is priced with an introductory offering of Rs 18.99 lakh to Rs 24.99 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
The Tucson competes with the Honda CR-V and the SsangYong Rexton in the Indian market. The sales of both the SUVs has not been impressive in the recent past and the bookings of over 200 for the Tucson is indeed impressive.
Tucson SUV is not new to India, the first-generation was launched a decade ago; however, the second generation did not make its way to the Indian market. The reason was mainly lower sales of the SUV.
Cut to the present scenario, the SUV market has seen a surge in demand with every automaker diving into the segment for a slice of the pie. Hyundai decided to bring the third-generation Tucson to India to cater to the increasing demand.
As for the specifications for the Hyundai Tucson, the SUV comes in both the petrol and diesel models. The Tucson comes in two-wheel drive (2WD) manual gearbox in both petrol and diesel, 2WD Automatic GL in petrol and diesel and lastly the top variant 2WD Automatic GLS in diesel only.
Hyundai offers the dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking camera and rear parking sensors as standard across variants.
As for the powertrain, the Tucson features the 2.0-litre mill in both the petrol and diesel fuel options. The petrol four cylinder dual VTVT unit produces 153bhp and 192Nm of torque, the diesel unit develops 182bhp and 400Nm of torque.
Both the petrol and the diesel units come paired with the option of 6-speed automatic or manual gearbox.