Updated Hyundai Tucson range gets a new interior, revised exterior, improved equipment and improved handling
Hyundai’s popular mid-size SUV, the Tucson has come in for a mid-life nip-tuck. Hyundai has focused on value and style, with all models across the range benefiting more standard equipment and sharper design.
The new Tucson line-up kicks off with the Tucson Go, which gains a 7.0-inch OEM display radio and exterior mirror turn signals. Next up there’s the Tucson Active X, which now gets leather trim, an 8-inch sat-nav system with live traffic and lifetime map care, Infinity Premium Audio, rear park assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
If you select an automatic Tucson Go or Active X, you’re now able to option up to Hyundai’s SmartSense™ safety pack which incorporates Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) systems among other safety features.
The ambitiously named Tucson Elite benefits from the addition of Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) along with new switchgear and USB charging ports in the cabin.
Tucson Go features 17-inch steel wheels with five-spoke wheel covers and Tucson Active X wears 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.
The new Elite is shod with 18 inch wheels.
Finally, changes to the flagship Tucson Highlander’s specification sheet include a heated steering wheel and wireless mobile phone charging along with LED headlights and new 19 inch wheels.
Inside, all models get a new dashboard atop with a floating multimedia display complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Under the bonnet, there are 2.0 litre petrol, 1.6 litre turbo petrol and a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engines available, the latter now mated to a new eight-speed automatic. Engine choices depend on the trim level chosen.
As per most new Hyundai models, the Tucson benefits from local suspension tuning.
“The Tucson is our best-selling SUV and this new 2019 version builds on the safety, value and overall appeal of the model,” said JW Lee, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer.
“With its crisp new look, greater safety and technology, and a chassis tuned on Australian roads to deliver superb comfort and refinement, the 2019 Tucson is an even more desirable package.
The Hyundai Tucson range opens with the 2.0 litre and six-speed manual Tucson Go priced from $28,150 and tops out with the Highlander diesel at $48,800.