Specifications and pricing for the updated 2019 Hyundai Tucson range have been announced, the popular SUV gets refreshed styling, additional safety tech, an improved infotainment system and a new transmission option.
Hyundai will offer the Tucson in four trim levels: Go, ActiveX, Elite and Highlander with three engine choices.
Depending on the trim level, the Tucson gets power from a 2.0-litre 121kW/203Nm GDi naturally-aspirated petrol engine, a 1.6-litre 130kW/265Nm T-GDi turbocharged petrol unit or a 2.0-litre 136kW/400Nm CRDi turbo-diesel engine.
Like the new Santa Fe, diesel driven Tucson variants get a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The naturally-aspirated petrol units stick with a six-speed auto or a manual in entry grades while the turbocharged petrol utilises a seven-speed DCT.
Opening the range is the Go variant which replaces the Active, it will launch with a drive-away price of $27,990 with a manual transmission.
The Go is offered with the choice of the petrol 2.0-litre GDi 2WD or the 2.0-litre CRDi turbo-diesel with AWD.
Standard kit for the Go includes a rear-view camera, auto headlights, LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights, 17-inch steel wheels and the new 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The ActiveX shares the drivetrains with the Go but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, leather trim, electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat, rear park assist system, tyre pressure monitor, rear USB port, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
In a win for common sense, the SmartSense safety pack is available as an option on the entry grades with an automatic transmission.
For an additional $2200, the safety pack brings autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go and a driver attention warning.
Ticking the box for the Safety pack also nets dual-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox, puddle lamps and an electronic park brake.
The Elite is available with all three engines (each with a different transmission) and adds keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, powered driver’s seat, privacy glass, luggage net, chrome exterior door handles and 18-inch alloy wheels. Elite buyers get the saftey pack as standard.
Moving to the range-topping Highlander brings 19-inch alloys, twin tip exhaust, LED headlights with static bending, LED taillights, powered tailgate, solar glass, panoramic sunroof, front park assist system, electric passengers seat, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, wireless phone charging and a 4.2-inch driver’s information display in the instrument cluster.
The Highlander is only available as an AWD with the 1.6-litre engine turbocharged petrol engine paired with a seven-speed DCT or 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with the new eight-speed automatic.
2019 Hyundai Tucson pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Go 2WD - $28,150 (2.0, 6MT) or $27,990 drive-away
Go 2WD - $30,650 (2.0, 6AT)
Go AWD - $35,950 (2.0TD, 8AT)
ActiveX 2WD - $31,350 (2.0, 6MT)
ActiveX 2WD - $33,850 (2.0, 6AT)
ActiveX AWD - $39,150 (2.0TD, 8AT)
Elite 2WD - $37,850 (2.0, 6AT)
Elite AWD - $40,850 (1.6T, 7DCT)
Elite AWD - $43,150 (2.0TD, 8AT)
Highlander AWD - $46,500 (1.6T, 7DCT)
Highlander AWD - $48,800 (2.0TD, 8AT)
Premium paint (all models) – $595
Beige interior (ActiveX, Elite, Highlander) – $295
Safety Pack (Go, ActiveX) – $2200 (auto only)
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