Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors will be launching a new variant of the Hyundai Tucson real soon, as they have previewed the turbocharged version at Mid Valley ahead of its official debut.
Yes, make no mistake. HSDM will be launching a forced-induced variant of the Tucson, powered by the company's 1.6-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine that does 177 PS and 265 Nm. In comparison, the Tuscon 2.0 manages 155 PS and 192 Nm from its larger but non-turbocharged engine. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic instead of the Tuscon 2.0's regular six-speed torque converter auto.
Visually, the changes are rather subtle. Sharp eyed readers would have noticed that the Tucson T-GDI receives a pair of projector LED headlights, replacing the lesser model's halogen projector units. A front camera can be seen peeking just above the front number plate. The display car here wears the optional 19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, though 17-inch units are standard fitment. Opting for the larger wheels sees the inclusion of 245/45R19 Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 rubbers. Towards the rear end, the sole identifier is the small Turbo emblem.
Interior kit remains largely similar to the Tucson 2.0 Executive, with the inclusion of electric parking brake with Auto Hold, drive mode selection, parking sensor toggle and Hill Descent Control (HDC). Controls on the driver's side see some changes. The Smart Tailgate System button is new. The ESC off button is also present, though the T-GDI variant sees the inclusion of a new Front Camera button. Black leather comes as standard, but like the Tucson 2.0, owners can also opt for the snazzier Red or White Nappa leather upholstery.
The Hyundai Tucson T-GDI is likely going to be HSDM's flaghsip Tucson model, so safety equipment is equally top notch. Six airbags, ABS, ESC and VSM is also present. Hill start assist, downhill brake control, brake assist is also present, on top of the ISOFIX child seat anchor points at the rear.
HSDM did not say how much will the 2017 Hyundai Tucson T-GDI retail for, but we are certain that the new model will carry a price increase over the 2.0 Executive's RM146,888.