The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be coming to the country via the CBU route with prices expected around Rs. 18 lakhs and a host of features and creature comforts.

2016 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson arrived in its third generation earlier this year

With the positive response received by the Creta, Hyundai India seems to be optimistic about completing its SUV lineup in India with the introduction of the new generation Tucson. The Korean automaker’s only SUV not on sale in the country, the Tucson will be positioned between the Creta and Santa Fe in the automaker’s lineup rivalling with a host of soft-roaders including the Mahindra XUV500. The Tucson nameplate will be making a comeback to the Indian market after a decade, first being sold way back in 2005.

The third generation Hyundai Tucson went on sale globally earlier this year soon after making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The SUV shares its design language with the Santa Fe and Creta under the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and features a bold hexagonal grille, new LED headlights and a sporty bumper with LED DRLs. Unlike the Creta, the new 2016 Tucson is curvaceous in appearance with a neatly curved D-pillar and a rounded off rear-windscreen that helps reduce visual bulk. The horizontally stacked LED tail lights look beautiful and add to the premium appeal of the SUV.

Internationally, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is offered with two diesel engines including a 1.7-litre unit producing 114 BHP of power and a 2.0-litre oil burner with 182 BHP of power. The latter is also Euro 6 compliant. Transmission options include a 6-speed automatic while a 6-speed manual is likely to be offered in India. The SUV will come loaded with features as a Hyundai should be, including several electronic safety assists, entertainment features and creature comforts. The smart powered tailgate (also seen on the new Range Rover Evoque) is a nice touch on the Korean SUV.

It is believed that Hyundai India will be importing the 2016 Tucson which will push the prices close to Rs. 18 lakhs (ex-showroom), which makes it about Rs. 2 lakhs more expensive than the top-end Creta and a healthy Rs. 12 lakhs cheaper than the Santa Fe. That way, the automaker will more effectively compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti and the likes in the segment. With the demand for SUVs currently high, the automaker feels that the Tucson will turn out to be more profitable than sedans like the Sonata.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Dashboard
The new Tucson is loaded on features & comes with several electronic aids
2016 Hyundai Tucson Rear
The soft lines give a more pleasing stance to the Tucson, despite a butch profile

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