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The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has finally been launched in Malaysia at Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors‘ new regional training academy centre in Mutiara Damansara. First things first, the all-new third-generation rival to the likes of the Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Mazda CX-5 will be offered to Malaysian customers in two trim levels – the entry-level Elegance variant and the range-topping Executive model.

Difference are merely on the surface, though. Both variants of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson are motivated by a naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre MPi Nu four-cylinder petrol engine with 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Drive gets channeled to the front wheels via Hyundai’s very own six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption has been rated at 7.9 l/100 km on the combined cycle.

Dimensions wise, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson stands at 1,655 mm and is 1,850 mm wide. Overall length is recorded at 4,475 mm whilst the wheelbase spans 2,670 mm. Additional technical details include mentions of a suspension setup consisting of MacPherson struts in front and a multilink layout in the rear. The front brake discs are ventilated whilst the rear units are solid pieces.

On to the way it looks, then. While both models put Hyundai’s latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language to good use, a few details help mark them out from one another. On the entry-level Elegance variant, the front grille is treated to a silver finish while the Executive model gets chrome coating. Both models are equipped with halogen projector headlamps but the Executive gets LED guide lights and daytime running lights.

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The Executive model is also equipped with fog lamps both front and rear as standard while the base model only features rear fog lights. Elsewhere, both models get 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/60 Continental ContiMax Contact MC5 tyres while the Executive variant is further differentiated via the inclusion of chrome door handles, mirror-mounted repeater lamps, puddle lights and electrically-operated folding side mirrors.

At the rear, there’s not much to differentiate the two with both units arriving on the scene with a tailgate spoiler which houses the LED third brake lamp. Below, two bevel-cut chrome-tipped “exhausts outlets” are to be found embedded into a silver-coloured diffuser-like element – said layout is purely cosmetic, though. A true single exhaust pipe is to be found hidden below.

Inside, the cabin features black leather seats with a honeycomb design and red stitching although customers can option out white nappa (RM1,988 option) or red leather (RM1,288 option) seats. Both are equipped with a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel that features manual telescopic-tilt adjustment. The Drive Mode Control which offers three driving modes (normal, sports and eco) is standard on the Executive.

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The Executive variant gets an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support while the Elegance model has to make do with manual adjustment. The reclinable rears seats feature 60:40 split-folding capabilities (boot capacity is 488 litres) on both variants. The Executive is also equipped with a Super Vision 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster while the Elegance model has a 3.5-inch mono TFT LCD unit.

Additional goodies to be found on the Executive model include an electronic parking brake, electrochromic rear view mirror with compass, rear air-con vents and a driver’s side window with auto-up/down functionality – the latter on the Elegance features auto-down capability. Elsewhere, the Executive also gets an eight-inch Audio Visual Navigation infotainment system. A reverse camera is standard on both variants.

As for added driver convenience, the Executive variant adds on a Smart Key with a start-stop button (keyless entry is standard on both models), automatic cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. However, both models feature manual air-conditioning.

Safety kit on both variants include ABS with ESC, Hillstart Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control, Brake Assist System and Vehicle Stability Management. The Elegance model gets dual airbags while the Executive variant adds on side and curtain airbags for a total of six. A Safe Drive Recorder is standard on the Executive. Also, the bodykit (silver-coloured panels on the front and rear bumper and side skirts) is priced at RM1,988.

The Tucson is available in seven different hues – Pure White, Sepia Topaz, Pepper Grey, Platinum Silver, Ruby Wine, Ara Blue and Phantom Black. The CKD Hyundai Tucson 2.0L Elegance is priced at RM126,101 while the Executive variants goes for RM139,715, both prices include on-the-road costs sans insurance – prices are expected to increase by RM3,000 in January 2016.

A 300,000 km/five-year (whichever comes first) warranty is standard with each purchase. Additionally, Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors is also offering a 50,000 km free service package with a validity of three years with every purchase of the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson.

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