Hyundai Tucson Highlander

Hyundai Tucson Touches Down


Hyundai Tucson to offer more space, refinement and technology

Hyundai Australia has revealed specification levels for its new Hyundai Tucson SUV, the replacement for the popular ix35 which will go on sale from the 1st of August. The new Hyundai Tucson will start from $27,990 and will be bigger and more refined than its predecessor.

Four specification levels will be available: the base Active, the value focused Active X, the Elite and the top of the range Highlander. Interestingly, only the Active X models are sourced from Korea, the rest of the Hyundai Tucson range is made in the firm’s factory in the Czech Republic. Hyundai says this is to keep up with worldwide demand.

Equipment levels for the base Active have yet to have been finalised, however, Apple Car play is a key feature that will be rolled out from September, Three-mode Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Proximity Smart Key and Smart Power Tailgate, LED headlights with static bending (swivelling) lights, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Advanced Traction Cornering Control and trailer stability assist. A reversing camera standard across the range.

The more expensive Elite and Premium models also gain LED tail lamps.

A number of four engine choices and three transmission choices will be available along with front or all-wheel drive, dependent on the specification level and drivetrain chosen. The Active and Elite front-wheel drive models are offered with a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual-available on the Active only. Exact engine specifications for these versions are to be confirmed in late 2015.

The Active X packs a more advanced 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that utilises direct fuel injection technology and produces 121kW @ 6200rpm and 203Nm @ 4700rpm. Average fuel consumption is quoted as 7.8L/100km for the manual and 7.9L/100km for the automatic.

Step up to the all-wheel drive Elite and Highlander models, and customers have the choice of a detuned version of the 1.6 litre turbo engine from the Veloster sports car that produces 130kW @ 5500rpm and 265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm and is paired with Hyundai’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle.

The second powertrain option for Elite and Highlander models is a 2.0 litre turbo diesel that makes 136kW @ 4000rpm and 400Nm @ 1750-2750rpm. All diesel models are fitted with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Average fuel consumption is 6.4L/100km for vehicles fitted with 17-inch wheels and 6.8L/100km for those fitted with 19-inch wheels.

Hyundai also claims significant gains in handling, with a stiffer body than the outgoing ix35 and a suspension set up that has been specially calibrated to Australian tastes, courtesy of Hyundai’s local engineering team.

A price guide for the new Hyundai Tucson range is provided below:

Engine Transmission Active ActiveX Elite Highlander
2.0 MPi 2WD 6 Speed Manual $27,990$30,490 $35,240
2.0 CRDi AWD
2.0 GDi 2WD 6 Speed Manual $32,990
6 Speed Auto
1.6 T-GDi AWD 7 Speed DCT $38,240 $43,490
2.0 CRDi AWD 6 speed auto $40,240 $45,490


* All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

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