Hyundai Tucson Facelift Preview
After having driven the Hyundai Tucson back in 2016, we came away pretty impressed with its equipment list, stylish design, plush interiors and pliant ride. However, Hyundai now feels it's time to give it an all-important update to help it stay afloat with the competition getting fiercer.
On the styling front, the Tucson receives mild revisions; nothing too in-your-face. The new cascade grille is seen up-front, protruding slightly ahead of the full-LED headlamps. Even the front bumper has been reshaped, along with new fog lamp housings. Along the side, you will notice larger diamond-cut alloy wheels, while the rear boasts of a new tail lamp cluster pattern and a slightly revised bumper as well.
The cabin too, sees pretty evident updates – like the restructured centre console, which now gets a floating 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen mounted in the middle, which is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. Then there's the new instrument cluster as well. Features include high-beam assist, USB charging for the second row, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control and rain-sensing wipers. A few driver-assist features include lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking. On the safety front, expect hill assist and ESC as standard.
Under the bonnet, the Tucson is likely to get the same engines: a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 152bhp and 196Nm of torque, and a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 182bhp and 408Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. When it goes on sale by the end of this year, it will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass, MG Hector and Tata Harrier.