New safety options, all-wheel drive across the range, and a refreshed interior for the 2019 Hyundai Tucson.
Hyundai Australia has confirmed pricing and spec for its updated Tucson SUV, including a new base ‘Go’ variant as well as a refreshed visual treatment and better standard equipment across the range.
For 2019 the Tucson features new 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreens, now placed atop the dash rather than embedded into it for a more modern look, and on the outside it gains a refreshed ‘cascading’ grille to bring it more in-line with the i30, Kona and new Santa Fe ranges.
The automatic Go and Active X variants can now also be optioned with a $2200 ‘SmartSense’ safety kit including AEB for safety-conscious buyers who do not want to spend $37,850 for a Tucson Elite (similar to the i30 range).
All Tucsons can now be had as a diesel all-wheel drive (AWD) with a new eight-speed transmission.
The option of an automatic 2.0-litre diesel AWD can be had in any spec level.
Pricing will now start at $28,150 for the 122kW/205Nm 2.0-litre petrol six-speed manual front-wheel drive ‘Go’ which replaces the previous base-model Active at a $440 saving.
From there the Go can be equipped with a six-speed automatic (FWD) at $30,650 or as a 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre diesel with an eight-speed auto from $35,950. The Go comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto dusk sensing headlights, LED DRLs and a full-size spare.
The range then steps up to the Active X which can be had as a 2.0-litre petrol front-drive six-speed manual from $31,350, six-speed auto from $33,850 or 2.0-litre diesel AWD from $35,950.
The Active X gains 17-inch alloys, tyre pressure monitoring, rear park assist, 8.0-inch multimedia screen with built-in sat-nav, DAB+ digital radio, eight-speaker premium audio, two-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated and folding exterior mirrors and USB power outlets.
The Elite is auto-only and can be had with a choice of any of the three engines in the new Tucson line-up, starting with the front-wheel drive 2.0-litre petrol from $37,850, stepping up to the 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol AWD seven-speed DCT from $40,850, and topping out with the 2.0-litre 8-speed auto AWD diesel at $43,850.
The Elite gains 18-inch alloy wheels, fully powered driver’s seat, smart key and push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, tinted windows and rear park assist as well as various aesthetic touches.
The Elite comes standard with the equipment in the ‘SmartSense’ safety suite including: ‘Blind-Spot Monitoring’ (BSM), ‘Driver attention warning’, ‘Forward Collision Warning’, ‘Lane Keep Assist’, ‘Rear Cross Traffic Alert’, and ‘Active Cruise control’. Also included are dual-zone climate control and a cooled glove box.
The Tucson’s interior has been updated with a new floating tablet 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen.
At the top of the range stands the Highlander, which is automatic and AWD only and kicks off with the 1.6-turbo seven-speed dual-clutch auto at $46,500. It can also be had with a 2.0-litre diesel with an eight-speed auto at $48,800.
The Highlander comes equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, a full suite of LED lighting (head and tail-lights), front park assist, panoramic sunroof, power passenger seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, powered tailgate, 4.2-inch colour LCD screen in the dash, wireless phone charging, dimming rear mirror and various aesthetic touches.
The updates should help the Tucson along in the mid-size segment, where it faces stiff competition from segment leader, the Mazda CX-5, as well as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail.