The new Tucson from Hyundai that is due to make its Indian premiere at the Auto Expo 2016 on February 3 has been fast tracked and delivery schedules would start post June.
Powered by the success of the Creta, Hyundai Motors India plans to launch the Tuscon to the Indian markets as soon as possible. The Tucson will bridge the gap between the Creta and Santa Fe in its Indian SUV lineup. The report states that Hyundai had fast-tracked the launch of the Tucson, and that it will be launched as a locally assembled model right from the start, with CKD kits from Czech Republic or Korea.
The Tucson is likely to be introduced in its diesel variant, which packs Hyundais 2.0 Litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel that produces 180bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Since the engine capacity is 1995cc there will be no ban applicable and thus a petrol variant would not be on the cards. It is available exclusively with Hyundais Active On-Demand AWD system and a six-speed automatic transmission. Considering how price sensitive the Indian market is, Hyundai could also consider an manual transmission version in the future.
The 5-seater premium SUV will rival the Honda CR-V and top-end variants of the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming Tata Hexa. Hyundai expects to sell 20,000 to 30,000 units of the Tucson a year.
Source : MotorOctane