2016 Hyundai Tucson spied testing in India for the first time

11/05/2016 - 09:52 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Made its debut at the Auto Expo this year.

Ahead of its launch confirmed to take place this year, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson was snapped testing in Chennai by a Motoroids reader. The spyshot reaffirms earlier reports which indicated a market launch during the August-September period this year.

2016 Hyundai Tucson spied first time Chennai
Being a global model, the Tucson will be positioned between the Creta and Santa Fe.

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) plans on positioning the Tucson between the Creta and Santa Fe. Helping the Tucson in this respect is its specifications: The SUV measures 4,475 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width, 1,645 mm in height and 2,670 mm in wheelbase and comes with a 513 liter boot, putting it perfectly between the two products.

Where the Creta is powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine (a 1.6-liter petrol and 1.4-liter diesel are also offered) and the Santa Fe by a 2.2-liter diesel unit, the India-spec Tucson is likely to employ the 2.0-liter CRDi engine which is available in power outputs of 136 PS and 184 PS, and with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The 2.0-liter diesel engine, which displaces 1,995 cc to be precise, will also allow HMIL to sell the Tucson in NCR, should the ban on large diesel engines continue.

Hyundai Tucson dashboard at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
A 4WD option could be offered on the top-end variant of the Tucson.

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According to reports, the SUV will be assembled at the Chennai plant of the carmaker via CKD kits, which could be shipped from Czech Republic or Korea. It would be inline to expect prices of the Tucson to start where the Creta ends - around INR 15 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

Rivals: Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa
Expected Price: INR 15-20 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Expected Release Date: August-September 2016

[Source - Motoroids]

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