Even though making plenty headlined last week with its ANCAP test, let take a moment to digest that probably plenty of vehicles on the road might not reach the Tucson's rating and of course we won't merely buy into preferential news as the mentioned Tucson was clearly done up with Australian specs for the Aussie market.
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) recently launch its local (Malaysia) assembled third generation Tucson at its newly opened Hyundai Training Academy in Mutiara Damansara.
The two variants of the model that is made available are the Elegance and the Executive which is valued at RM 126,101.11 and RM 139,715.27 respectively for its on the road price without insurance, however starting January next year, an additional RM3,000 increase will be implied to both variants.
With a blend of sportiness and bold design to fit the current market. The new urban SUV also applies the Hyundai Motor's new design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 guidelines for its interior and exterior aesthetics also reflecting it's proud Hyundai Motor heritage.
Coming from a strong, reputable background since its first introduction in 2004, the brand new compact crossover have since been upgraded in numerous areas. For starters, it looks completely different! It is highly unlikely that anyone would mistake the new generation Tucson with its predecessor. Giving it a distinctively silhouette, the front hexagonal grille that links the LED headlamp has grown enormously and it also incorporates daytime running lights.
The new generation of Tucson stayed true to its 2.0 MPi engine, with a direct-injected four-cylinder powerplant that yield 155ps and 192nm torque on its six-speed automatic transmission with a body weight of 1,435kg, delivering a significant power to weight ratio.
To make your fuel worth while for long distance drive, the Tuscon is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers the Shiftronic manual shifting mode and the overdrive lock-up torque converter.
To improve NVH characteristics, the all-new Tucson has applied a number of sound dampening and insulation measures, such as:
-Engine mounts have been enlarged to better absorb engine vibrations.
-Rear cross-members have changed from a direct-mount design to a bushing-mount design.
-Sound insulation materials have been added to inner fenders, underbody, instrument panel, transmission tunnel and all cabin pillars.
-Using 335 feet of structural adhesive to insulate against road noise, where the previous model used none.
-Door latch mechanisms were extensively refined, with lower noise, pull resistance, internal friction and great closure damping.
-To lower wind noise in the cabin, aerodynamics have been improved to 0.33 Cd, a 0.02 lower coefficient of drag (Cd) than the former model.
By using the Advance High Strength Steel (AHSS), the the current version's chassis is 50% more rigid compared to the 18% on its previous model. Although the chassis has been tuned up to withstand higher stress points, the new Tucson's suspension did not compromise its ride comfort for its passengers.
Apart from being engineered to offer its passengers with multiple defensive safety layers, the new 2016 Tucson is currently the only one in its class which uses the most AHSS structure for crash safety.
In line with other Hyundai models, the newly launched Tucson also provides a state-of-the-art safety system that offers optimal driving stability. These include the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with an Automatic Vehicle Hold feature. The Elegance variant is fitted with two airbags, while the Executive variant has six airbags.
To suit different customers need, HSDM is currently researching the SUV market to supply road users with more variants next year.
Customers who purchase the new Tucson are offered 50,000km free service with a validity of 3 years with every purchase of the new model, which is equivalent to 6 times of free service.