The 2015 Hyundai Tucson is set to pick up where the IX35 left off, and will likely gather a few more buyers to the brand.
Hyundai’s success with the ix35 mid-size SUV surprised almost everyone except Hyundai. Now the highly popular model is being replaced with a new model, reviving the Tucson nameplate that disappeared a number of years ago.
The change of name comes about as a global realignment (the ix35 also becomes the Tucson in Europe).
The new Tucson is larger than the ix35, demonstrates greater sophistication and improved dynamics and adds a new model (the Active X) to the range.
The model line-up and equipment levels are a little confusing. The entry level Active model kicks off the range with 2WD and a 2.0-litre petrol engine from $27,990 for the six-speed manual and $30,490 for the six-speed auto. Little has been revealed about the Active and specifications will be released closer to the on-sale date in the fourth quarter of 2015. This isn’t a case of Hyundai being coy, but a result of the specifications still being finalised.
Immediately available is the new Active X which is available only in diesel format and two-wheel drive. It gets 18-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, electronic stability control, rear view camera, rear parking assist, LED daytime running lamps, projector beam auto headlights, front fog lights, leather appointed seats, premium steering wheel and gear knob, 7-inch touchscreen audio with MP3, six speakers and the ability to work with Apple CarPlay (coming in September and retrofitted to vehicles sold before) and Android Auto (in 2016). The Active X is priced at $30,490 (six-speed manual) and $32,990 (six-speed auto).
Next model up the range is the Elite which confusingly has some lower spec features such as 17-inch alloys, no matte grey inserts on the side panels and fabric seats. It does, however, get trailer stability assist, LED headlights with static bending lamps, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, electronic parking brake with auto hold, dual-zone air conditioning, proximity smart key and push button start, 8-inch touchscreen with sat nav and three year free map upgrades (but no CarPlay or Android Auto), hands-free tailgate, rain sensing wipers, privacy glass, LED side repeaters and steering wheel-mounted phone controls.
The Elite can be specified in two-wheel drive with six-speed auto and a 2.0-litre petrol engine ($35,240). It can also be had as a 1.6-litre all-wheel drive diesel with seven-speed DCT ($38,240) or 2.0-litre all-wheel drive six-speed auto ($40,240). Top of the range is the very-well equipped Highlander with 1.6-litre diesel and seven-speed DCT transmission or 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed auto. Prices are $43,490 and $45,490 respectively. So in a few days you’ll receive the transcript in the mail. With that you’ll take it to that coop head office address and hopefully qualify for that scholarship. You’ve got to pay your school free too and get an official enrollment paper to get your money from the RESP.
The Highlander adds 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with Continental ContiSport Contact5 performance tyres, front park assist, tyre pressure monitoring, LED tail lamps, six-way adjustable front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather appointed seats, panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring with lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, twin trapezoidal exhaust tips and 4.2-inch TFT LCD colour display.
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