The Hyundai Tuscon gets a 4WD system to up its off-roading ante.
Hyundai has launched the 4WD variant of its Tucson SUV in India. The 4WD is available in the top-spec GLS trim of the Tucson, and is only offered with the diesel engine.
The system comes with on demand 4WD functioning, which automatically implements the rear wheel traction control by assessing road conditions for maintaining traction on rough, loose or slippery surfaces. When driving in this mode, the system determines that there is need for 4WD based on the terrain and the driving power gets distributed to all the four wheels, with a 50:50 split between the front and the rear. There is also Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC) on-board, which helps to transfer torque to the wheels that have the most grip, resulting in improved cornering performance.
Otherwise, the diesel motor that powers the Tuscon remains identical to the 2WD model, which is a 2.0-litre in-line four mill that produces 182bhp of power and 400Nm of peak torque. This set-up comes mated to a 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox in the 4WD model. A 6-speed manual is also available, but that is limited to the lower-spec 2WD trims.
Commenting on the introduction of 4WD Tucson, Y K Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said, “We are happy to introduce the most awaited 4WD Global SUV – Tucson to the Indian market. Introduction of 4WD is to bring to the customer the next level of cutting edge technology in Dynamic Styling, Athletic Performance, Advanced Safety and Smart Comfort as product innovation towards competitive advantage in fast growing SUV market while also enhancing the overall price value equation through value engineering and passing the price benefit to customer.”
After the recent discontinuation of the Santa Fe, the Tucson has become the biggest and the most expensive SUV in Hyundai India’s line-up. While there is no direct competitor to the Tucson, the Jeep Compass comes pretty close to it spec-wise. The 4WD Tucson is priced at Rs. 25.19 lakh - ex-showroom, Delhi.