All new Hyundai Tucson goes on sale

Fourth generation Hyundai Tucson arrives in SA with fresh new face

Reuben Van Niekerk
new Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson
Tucson SUV

Hyundai’s brand new fourth generation Tucson SUV has gone on sale in South Africa with an ambitious new look that follows the companies new design identity while larger dimensions offer a spacious, luxurious interior.


All-new design

The new Tucson features a bigger and wider body than that of its predecessor. A muscular stance combines with sharp angles and a progressive look that compliments the Hyundai’s rugged SUV heritage. Hyundai believe that the Tucson offers an advanced, experimental design that is true to its pioneering spirit and raises the game in the industry’s most competitive segment.


Prominent geometric patterns are used throughout the design of the Tucson, most notably on the front grille, where parametric hidden lights provide a strong first impression. When the lights are switched off it appears as if the vehicle is covered in dark geometric patterns, with no distinction between the signature LED daytime running lights, which are seamlessly integrated into the grille.


Thanks to the use of half-mirror lighting technology, the dark chrome appearance of the grille is transformed into jewel like shapes once the daytime running lights are switched on.


The side profile consists of a long hood and level roofline paired with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, which combine to create the impression of powerful forward motion.


At the rear, wide tail lamps with parametric hidden details continue the design theme. The Tucson is also the first model to feature a hidden rear wiper, located under the rear spoiler.


Inside story

With bigger dimensions in every direction, the Tucson is now even more spacious than ever before, including an increase in rear legroom. Boot space too has been increased and now measures 539 litres and up to 1860 litres with the rear seats folded down.


The interior design sees space technology and information intersect harmoniously. The seamless integration of segment-leading technology provides occupants with an advanced and fully customisable digital experience. The new audio visual navigation (AVN) touchscreen fills the centre of the vehicle and all AVN, heat, ventilation and air conditioning functions are controlled via touch.


The Premium derivative features a cloth seat covering, while the Executive and Elite variants are fitted with artificial leather seats.


The all-new Tucsons hidden type Multi-Air Mode technology consists of a combination of direct and indirect air vents for air conditioning and heating to create a gentler airflow. The activation of this mode disperses air to the new multi-air slots as opposed to the regular air vents. The overall volume of the moving air remains unchanged, but dispersion of the moving air reduces direct air contact with passengers. Three-zone climate control caters for the rear passengers too while heated and ventilated front seats provide additional comfort for the front occupants.


Smart Sense safety suite as standard

The new Tucson is fitted with a six-airbag system, which includes front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger as well as curtain airbags. The fitment of the latest Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driver assistance features ensure even more assurance. Depending on the model features include blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane follow assist, smart cruise control, rear cross-traffic collision assist and rear cross-traffic alert, fatigue detection as well as high beam assist.


Under the bonnet

In South Africa the Tucson is offered with two four-cylinder engine options. The Smartstream 2.0 petrol engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with Premium, Executive and Elite trim levels. Offering 115kW at 6200rpm and 192Nm at 4500rpm, Hyundai claim that this engine will use 8,9 litres per 100km.


The Smartstream 2.0 turbocharged diesel is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and is available in Elite specification only. Boasting 137kW at 4000rpm and a respectable 416Nm from 2000rpm, this model is said to use just 7,9 litres per 100km.


All models are front wheel drive but feature four drive modes including Eco, Smart, Normal and Sport allowing the driver to tailor the power delivery to their driving conditions or mood.


Model range and pricing

Tucson 2.0 NU Premium AT

R519 900

Tucson 2.0 NU Executive

R569 900

Tucson 2.0 NU Elite AT

R634 900

Tucson R2.0 Elite Turbo diesel AT

R699 900


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