The all new Tucson! Over 250 cars booked prior to launch. 3 months waiting list! Launch price expected to be (otr…

Posted by Hyundai Sales – Glenmarie, Malaysia on Friday, 30 October 2015

As the Malaysian launch of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson edges closer and closer, Hyundai Glenmarie has revealed preliminary specs of the SUV to further drum up the hype in an attempt to (hopefully) increase pre-launch bookings. Amongst the chunk of info divulged is the estimated price of the new Tucson along the mention of two trim levels – the entry-level Elegance trim and range-topping Executive variant.

The former is reported to start at RM129,888 while the latter has been marked with an estimated price tag of RM143,888, both figures with on-the-road (OTR) costs factored in. Also mentioned in this particular post is the three-month waiting list with over 250 cars booked prior to its launch – the latter probably caused by the notion that prices are expected to increase by around RM3k-4k in January 2016.

So while we know that the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will be available in two flavours, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) appears to be rather coy with the lower-spec model – the photos in the post only shows limited angles of the Elegance model. During the recent roadshow, all three units at three separate locations were that of the high-spec model. Our last glimpse of the Elegance model occurred in early October.

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The biggest giveaway up front between the two models include the presence of LED daytime running lights and chrome accents on the grille – the Elegance model also appears to forgo fog lamps altogether. Elsewhere, the Executive variant features 17-inch wheels (wrapped in 225/60 tyres), silver-coloured body panels, door handles trimmed in silver and dual exhaust outlets.

Under the bonnet, both variants are expected to arrive powered by a sole engine option. The 2.0 litre multi-point injection (MPi) mill produces a total of 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. As for the gearbox, a conventional six-speed torque converter automatic is slated to see duty here – said transmission will be responsible for sending power to the front wheels.

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As pictured earlier on in one of our previous stories, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is expected to go on sale with a flurry of interior combinations – from a cabin trimmed in bright red upholstery to a more muted black interior replete with seats featuring a honeycomb design. Additionally, there also appears to be the option of equipping one’s car with “quilted” leather seats.

A closer look at the interior reveals the presence of manual air-conditioning and what looks to be an aftermarket head unit fitted into the centre console. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale with a total of eight body colours along with the aforementioned interior combinations – the palette includes Pure White, Platinum Silver, Phantom Black, Pepper Gray, Sepia Topaz, Ruby Wine, Sedona Orange and Ara Blue.