Hyundai Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has upgraded the Tucson with the latest 2.0-litre CRDI turbodiesel powertrain. Priced at RM155,788 (excluding insurance), the new variant joins the 1.6-litre Turbo GDI (RM145,688) and 2-litre Elegance (RM126,188) variants.
All Tucson variants have been granted Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status from the Malaysia government so assemblers are entitled to receive incentives that can offset the production cost and reduce the retail prices.
The CRDI turbodiesel engine produces 178 ps/400 Nm which goes to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. A top speed of 201 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds are claimed.
The engine uses injectors with piezo-electric technology that allows extremely high opening and closing speeds with precise spray patterns delivered at up to 1,800 bar.
The new variant also comes with LED Headlamps incorporating static bending lights; an Auto Hold function that automatically holds the brakes steady once the vehicle has come to a complete stop thereby preventing it from creeping forward or rolling backward; and a smart powered tailgate which opens at the approach of the key-holder.
Optional accessories available are leather packages (colour options: black, red and white), a bodykit for additional sportiness, and 19-inch alloy rims.
“We have added another variant to attract even more customers and interest towards our best-selling compact SUV. With this latest variant introduced, the Tucson has the widest powertrain in its segment namely the 1.6L Gamma T-GDI engine, Nu 2.0 MPI engine and the 2.0L R-series CRDI Diesel engine,” said Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of HSDM.
All Tucson variants come with a 5-year/300,000-km warranty (whichever comes first after registration). Additionally, owners can enjoy free service for the first 50,000 kms (within a maximum period of 3 years) and 24-hour road assist service.