Korean automaker Hyundai had showcased the 2019 Tuscon SUV for the first time last year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Since then the speculations reading its launch in the Indian market has been making rounds. The new Tucson SUV is already on sale in the North American market. The premium SUV is available internationally in two variants, the turbocharged 1.6-litre and the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine. The third-generation Tucson was launched in Europe and USA in 2015 before making its way to the Indian market in 2016. Now, the automaker has confirmed that the India launch for the Hyundai Tuscon facelift will happen this year itself. However, the launch details are yet to be announced.
In terms of engine specifications, the 2019 Hyundai Tuscon will come powered by the same engine options - the 155 hp, 2.0-liter petrol engine, and the 185 hp, 2.0-liter diesel motor. Both come with the option of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic. Earlier, the Tucson range in India was completely 2WD. However, the Korean automaker launched the 4WD version of the SUV late in 2018 at Rs 25.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Available in a single top- spec GLS trim the all-wheel-drive system only comes with the diesel engine. With the 4WD version, Hyundai also upgraded the safety features on the SUV by adding Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Down Hill Brake Control (DBC) and brake assist.
In terms of features, the international version of Tuscon comes with multiple drivers assist features like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and driver attention to warning technology. Additional features include a 360-degree camera, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control. The SUV will also come with an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto. On the other hand, the Indian version of the Hyundai Tuscon facelift will be offered with a redesigned front profile sporting the latest iteration of Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, which appears to be slightly larger than the one seen on the outgoing model. Full-LED headlamps, new LED light guide, front bumper looks a lot sharper than before and features an all-new faux skid plate, fog lamps, and the daytime running LEDs are now housed within a single unit, a new set of alloy wheels (up to 19-inch in size), split wrap-around tail lamps, subtly redesigned boot lid, new LED graphic for tail lamps, redesigned rear bumper and license plate housing on the boot lid.
At the inside, the 2019 Tuscon gets a completely revised interior. The new dashboard looks relatively low-set compared to the previous one as the display is now a free-floating unit similar to the new Santa Fe. The AC vents don’t flank the touchscreen anymore and they are now placed underneath the display. The new leather-wrapped middle layer, an electronic parking brake added to the instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers, high-beam assist, wireless device charging and second-row USB charging are other notable features.
The existing Tuscon model by Hyundai is assembled at its Chennai facility by importing CKD (completely knocked down) units. It is expected to do the same with the Tucson facelift as well and the prices are expected to remain unchanged as there are no major changes expected for the interior part. It currently retails between Rs 17.99 lakh and Rs 25.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The SUV will continue taking against the likes of the Jeep Compass and VW Tiguan. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Hyundai Tuscon.