Refreshed version of Hyundai’s best seller gets updated engine line-up with tweaked look

Hyundai has pulled the wraps off its refreshed Tucson before sales kick off in Europe in the summer.

On show in New York, where Toyota has unveiled its Tucson rival, the 2018 RAV4, Hyundai’s best-selling model gets a revised engine line-up, more safety features and a lightly tweaked design.

The new car comes with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with each certified to Euro 6c emissions standard and claimed to offer lower CO2 output and better fuel economy as a result.

As is the case with the pre-facelift Tucson, at the entry level is a 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi petrol, while a turbocharged T-GDi offers 175bhp. Meanwhile, the 1.7-litre diesel of today’s Tucson has been traded for a 1.6-litre with two available outputs: 113bhp and 131bhp. The existing 2.0 CRDi remains, delivering 183bhp.

Drive is sent to the front wheels as standard but all-wheel drive versions are available. A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is offered.

Hyundai has expanded the list of available driver assist features in the 2018 Tucson. It is offered with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and driver attention warning technology. Buyers can add more kit, including a 360deg camera, high beam assist and adaptive cruise control.

Inside, the car comes with a 7.0in or 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, depending on the specification. A premium sound system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless phone-charging come as part of an extended technical features options list, which also includes 3D satellite navigation.

Hyundai UK has yet to announce pricing, but no major changes are expected so a starting figure that increases only slightly on the current car’s £19,855 opener is predicted.

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Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a stylish crossover which focuses mainly on easy-going real-world ability, but is that enough to turn people's heads away from the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca?

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28 March 2018

I like the fact that Hyundai has kept the update to a minimum while sharpening a few styling characteristics. 

The engine choices are diverse and the new eight speed automatic transmission should also make its way into the upcoming Sportage facelift.

29 March 2018

This has been on sale in Russia for MONTHS , not with the new engines, but body style and interiors as per NY show

what's life without imagination

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