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We couldn’t really believe our eyes when we saw this. Anol Alias has sent in these shots of a facelifted Hyundai Tucson 2.0 with a six-speed manual gearbox sitting in the JPJ car park.

As it doesn’t have MS Design front and rear skid plates nor LED tail lamps (2.4 Executive Plus only), this should be an Elegance-spec car. The wheels look smaller than the 17s we currently get, and there’s no AWD badge on the tailgate.

A peek inside reveals manual air-con, no keyless start and the basic audio system (AVN system for Executive Plus variants only) – consistent with the Elegance trim. Except the seats here are fabric.

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The row of driver’s side buttons (ESP off, hill descent, centre diff lock, instrument panel brightness) are blank. And of course, who could miss the do-it-yourself gear lever and clutch pedal?

Our current 2.0 Elegance six-speed auto doesn’t come with VSM or ESP, and has only two airbags. With a blank ‘ESP button row‘, we have little hope in that field, but would it be too much to wish for more than a pair of airbags in this manual variant?

The golden question is this: is Hyundai-Sime Darby seriously thinking of bringing this manual SUV to market? And if jadi, how much cheaper would it be than the RM133k asked for the 2.0 Elegance auto?