Some habits are good and some are bad and, if doing the same thing twice is the lead-in to a habit, then Hyundai Automotive South Africa has a good one forming with the launch of the second variation of the Hyundai Tucson Sport.
The first iteration was launched in 2017, just a year before the entire range had a design facelift.
“After the midlife upgrade of the Tucson, the time was ripe to create another Sport derivative, with mainly the same treatment as before, but with the attractive looks that came with the upgrade to the Tucson,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director at Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
“We have again fitted the Tucson with bespoke black rims and a body kit that gives it a very sporty look without being overbearing. Tucson customers have really taken to the Sport after our first ‘experiment’, so we could confidently repeat the exercise this time,” says Anderson.
The Sport is available in two derivatives: The petrol version with a 1,6-litre turbo-charged engine and a diesel version with a 2,0-litre turbo-charged engine.
The 1,6-litre petrol turbo delivers 150 kW at 5 500 r/min. and maximum torque of 300 Nm at 4 500 r/min. Power is fed to the front wheels through an automatic 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), with the option of manual shift override.
The 2,0-litre turbo-diesel also delivers 150 kW, but at lower engine revolutions of 4 000 r/min. Torque delivery from the turbo-diesel is 460 Nm in an engine speed range of 1 750 r/min to 2 750 r/min. This engine, also delivering power to the front wheels, is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which also offers a manual shift option.
The Tucson Sport’s interior is similar to the other derivatives in the range, sporting a dashboard with a floating 7-inch screen for its infotainment system that offers features such as linkage to Apple’s CarPlay or the Android Auto application on smartphones.
In the case of the Sport derivative, the top specification level was chosen, including features such as electric seat adjustment for the driver and passenger, dual climate control, rear air vents, rear parking assist cameras and a rear-view camera with a display on the infotainment screen, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Tucson’s upper dashboard features high-quality soft-touch material with a double stitching line for a high-quality feeling in the interior. The focal point of the centre console is the floating audio system screen, which has an ergonomic position to allow drivers to stay focused on the road. The infotainment system in the Tucson offers a satellite navigation function when used with one’s Apple cell phone and CarPlay, or the Android Auto application.
With the addition of the Sport, the Tucson range in South Africa now consists of nine derivatives with a choice between three engines – a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine; the turbo-charged 1,6-litre petrol engine and the 2,0-litre turbo-charged diesel – and three specification levels. All derivatives are front-wheel driven.
Apart from the Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert (in the Executive, Elite and Sport versions), the Tucson is equipped with passive safety features such as dual front and side crash bags (driver and front passenger) and curtain crash bags that offer protection for rear passengers as well in all derivatives. Isofix latching points for child safety seats are also fitted to all Tucson derivatives.
Executive, Elite and Sport derivatives of the Tucson are also equipped with Vehicle Stability Management that keeps the car stable on wet, slippery or rough roads, as well as Hill-start Assist Control to prevent roll-back when pulling off against an incline.
Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport (Dual Clutch Transmission) R654 900
Tucson R2.0 Sport Turbodiesel (automatic) R664 900
All prices include:
• A 5 year/90 000 km service plan;
• A 7-year/200 000 km warranty; and
• Roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000.
All service intervals are 15 000 km, with a mandatory initial 5 000 km service for the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite and Sport derivatives.