Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced that it is now opened the order books for the facelifted Hyundai Tucson ahead of an official launch by the end of October. Two variants of the SUV will be offered – 1.6L Turbo and 2.0L Elegance – with prices expected to start from RM123,888 on-the-road excluding insurance but with a five-year/300,000 km warranty and three-year/50,000 km free service.

Visual changes as part of the facelift include a new front bumper and redesigned LED headlamps. The brand’s signature Cascading Grille has also been made more angular than before, while the rear taillights are shaped a little differently and sport new graphics within them, and there are 17-inch wheels (some items are found only on the Turbo variant).

On the interior, the top portion of the dash is new and accommodates a seven-inch display for the infotainment system. The air-con vents are also of a new design because of the new setup but the centre stack below it remains unchanged.

As for the engines, the 1.6 litre T-GDI unit in the turbo model makes 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque, which is the same as the pre-facelift model we have now, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The non-turbo variant gets a 2.0 litre Nu MPi mill with 155 PS and 192 Nm, with a six-speed automatic being the likely pairing.

GALLERY: Hyundai Tucson facelift (European spec)