Proving all the speculations wrong, the South Korean automaker has revealed its intentions of launching Hyundai Tucson in the upcoming festive season. The automaker has launched its D-segment sedan, Hyundai Elantra today and just after its launch another big news from the house of Hyundai has hit the auto industry. This Hyundai SUV was first showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 and since then the speculations of its launch were there in the market. Before Elantra’s launch it was expected that the company will push the launch of Tucson to the end of this year to position the sedan in an effective manner but, now we have a confirmed time frame in which the car will mark its presence.
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The upcoming Hyundai SUV is the third generation Tucson and will be positioned between Hyundai Creta and Santa Fe. To be positioned as a counterpart to Elantra, the Hyundai Tucson will bridge the fast moving sale of Creta and slow-moving Santa Fe. The company official revealed that Tucson will be brought in the Indian market through CKD (completely knocked down unit) route, and 50 per cent localization, this will help the company in keeping Tucson price aggressively. It is expected that Tucson price will be around INR 16-18 lakh.
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The SUV will also carry the fluidic 2.0 design architecture which ensures that the car is just like the other Hyundai members in many aspects. On the features list, the SUV is expected to have projector headlamps, LED DRLs and tail lights, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable seats and an electric tailgate. It is also expected that must have features in the segment would include steering mounted controls, touchscreen infotainment screen with navigation and automatic climate control. Electrically adjusted driver and front passenger seats, premium leather upholstery, cruise control and standard storage compartments for knick knacks are also expected to be standard across the different variants.
Once launched it will be headed against the likes of Skoda Yeti and Honda CR-V and with a 4-wheel drive option the SUV will have a neck-to-neck competition with the existing models in the segment.