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The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been previewed at a roadshow at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya, Penang. With the third-generation SUV officially on show now, we reckon it isn’t going to be long before the car is officially launched in Malaysia – perhaps an early to mid-November launch?

Whatever the exact date may be, there’s no denying that the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be a breath of fresh air amongst the competition with its contemporary styling. For starters, the car pictured here appears to be a top-spec model – chrome accents framing the front grille and the presence of LED daytime running lights (DRL) seem to confirm its rank. Note that previous sightings of the car showed a lesser variant sans DRL.

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Also, the lower front end appears to feature a silver-coloured skid plate – the same treatment is echoed on the side skirts and rear bumper. In profile, silver door handles and five twin-spoke wheels complete the look. Moving on to the rear, twin exhaust outlets are to be found embedded into the aforementioned silver bumper while a closer peak shows the presence of a reverse camera.

Elsewhere, an ‘Executive’ badge is be found above another denoting the size of the engine under the bonnet. For the US market, the 2.0 litre Nu inline-four petrol mill puts out a total of 164 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Transmission should be a six-speed automatic as the seven-speed dual-clutch unit is only reserved for the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine – an engine Malaysian buyers might not be getting.

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Unfortunately, we will have to settle for mere glimpses of the interior as the show car was locked. A peek reveals a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and a five-inch touchscreen LCD display. Goes without saying then, that the seats should be trimmed in a similar material – expect the lower end models to (potentially) forgo the multifunction steering wheel.

So what will it be, ladies and gents – will you choose the 2016 Hyundai Tucson over the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage? Those who fall into the former category and are seriously considering signing on the dotted line for one, head on over here to register your interest!