The Hyundai Tucson facelift comes with subtle cosmetic changes on the outside, a redesigned dashboard with much new features and BS6 iterations of its petrol and diesel engines. The diesel variant even gets a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
After the launch of the Verna facelift in India, the next big launch for Hyundai in the country will be the new Tucson facelift. Hyundai has announced that the Tucson facelift will be launched in the country on July 14. The company showcased the Tucson facelift at the Auto Expo this year and it would have been launched much earlier if not for the Covid-19 situation. However, it is finally arriving and there are quite a few updates to speak of.
This will be mid-cycle facelift for the Tucson and one of the most important updates to the new Tucson will be on the styling front. The new updates bring the look of the Tucson a lot closer to other newer Hyundais. The updates are subtle and you might even miss it in first glance. However, if you look closely, you will see a larger version of Hyundai’s ‘cascading grille, new headlamps which are full LED and also get new LED DRLs and new bumpers with a revised fog lamp housing.
The tail gate has also been slightly revised and it gets new tail lamps as well. A new design for the alloy wheels will be a part of the mix too. All these exterior changes together add up to make significant difference on the SUV and makes it look a lot more modern and upmarket. There are some major updates inside the cabin as well. The dashboard design has been refreshed with a new free-standing 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This new unit comes with Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car technology.
In the pre-facelift car, the touchscreen infotainment screen came integrated within the dashboard but this new look is much more premium. With the touchscreen being moved up, the AC vents and climate control stack has also been revised and now, it’s in line with the global-spec Tucson. There have been some new features addition as well which include wireless smartphone charger, a panoramic sunroof and electric front-passenger seat adjustment.
Under the hood, the powertrain options for the Hyundai Tucson facelift will remain the same as the pre-facelift model, albeit in BS6 form. Currently, the Tucson comes powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 155 bhp and 192 Nm of torque. There’s also a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine which produces 185 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to a torque converter automatic gearbox. The one with the petrol is the old 6-speed unit while the diesel gets a new 8-speed unit. All-wheel drive has been reserved for the top-spec diesel trim only.
With the facelift, the Hyundai Tucson will see a slight bump in price and it will be offered in two trim levels – GL Option and GLS. Prices for the base-level petrol-manual Tucson is expected to start at about Rs 20 lakh and go up to Rs 30 lakh for the top-spec diesel-automatic with AWD. In terms of rivals, the Hyundai SUV will go up against the higher versions of the Jeep Compass range, along with the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Honda CR-V.