Hyundai has launched the updated Tucson Sport and surprisingly it’s geting a new engine for this year’s model year. The car will use a four-cylinder GDI engine that makes 150 kW and maximum torque of 300 Nm. Hyundai says that the power output of the engine gives the Tucson Sport an edge over competitors the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Qashqai.
Meanwhile the 2.0L turbodiesel engine is paired up with a 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Hyundai says that pricing for the Tucson Sport starts at R654 900 and will is already available at dealers across the nation. For the price, buyers will get some decent standard features.
The Sport comes with blind spot detection, proximity key with push-button start, 19-inch alloy wheels, and dual automatic temperature control. Other features of the Tucson Sport include premium front and rear facias.
Inside, the Tucson’s upper dashboard features high-quality soft-touch material with a double stitching line for a high-quality feeling in the interior. The focal point of the centre console is the floating audio system screen, which has an ergonomic position to allow drivers to stay focused on the road. The infotainment system in the Tucson offers a satellite navigation function when used with one’s Apple cell phone and CarPlay, or the Android Auto application.
Chrome-tipped dual exhaust gives a sporting nature. The temperature control system has a CleanAir Ionizer and auto defroster. There are vents for the rear of the car in the console.
With the addition of the Sport, the Tucson range in South Africa now consists of nine derivatives with a choice between three engines – a naturally aspirated 2-litre petrol engine; the turbocharged 1,6-litre petrol engine and the 2-litre turbocharged diesel – and three specification levels. All derivatives are front-wheel driven
Safety systems include blind spot detection with rear-cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. The steering wheel is leather wrapped as is the shift knob.