The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been awarded a four-star safety rating in the latest round of testing conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Unlike its European counterpart – which was awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP – the right-hand drive Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GDi 2WD model tested was not equipped with the pop-up bonnet to improve pedestrian safety amongst other features.

All in all, the Tucson scored a total of 32.46 out of a maximum 37 points. For the frontal offset test, the car scored 11.46 out of 16 points while the side impact test yielded a much better score for the new crossover – a maximum 16 points was awarded. It also achieved a max rating in the pole test.

Safety equipment present as standard on the model tested here include dual frontal, side chest and curtain airbags along with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). Advanced seat belt reminders are also fitted as standard to all seats.

“The result is disappointing and unexpected for a new vehicle in this competitive class,” James Goodwin, ANCAP CEO told CarAdvice. “It’s important for consumers to understand the left-hand-drive Tucson recently rated by Euro NCAP received a higher score due to differences in the crash performance, as well as a higher standard of safety features, including a pop-up bonnet to improve pedestrian safety, which are not available to consumers in Australasia,” he added.

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Hyundai Australia, meanwhile, quickly responded, saying that, “Hyundai Motor Company engineers are currently examining the data from the ANCAP 64km/h frontal offset test in order to determine what changes may be necessary to achieve a five-star score.” It also intends to have the Tucson reassessed by ANCAP “as soon as possible” in pursuit of an improved rating.

On the local front, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is all set to have its local introduction anytime now – word on the vine is that the crossover will make its Malaysian appearance no later than November.

Preliminary specs include mentions of a single engine choice coupled to two trim levels – Elegance and Executive. Estimated prices are noted to hover about the RM130k-140k mark. A sole 2.0 litre multi-point injection (MPi) four-cylinder petrol engine is expected to power the Tucson – said mill puts out a total of 155 PS and 192 Nm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

GALLERY: 2016 Hyundai Tucson on display in Malaysia