Nearly five months after we received the new third-generation Hyundai Tucson, the SUV has finally been launched in Indonesia during the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS). Unlike our locally-assembled models, the Tucson sold in the archipelago is fully-imported from Korea and is available in a single GLS variant, priced at Rp 385 million (RM113,960).

Along with the standard car, Hyundai also brought along a custom version seen here, dressed in black and fitted with a bodykit, red highlights and large 19-inch Alutec wheels. The crimson bits extend to the grille (now with a honeycomb mesh instead of the standard slats), front lip spoiler and side skirts, while the rear end gets a massive silver-painted diffuser and an added rhombus exhaust tip also seen on the regular Tucson.

As a whole, this customised Tucson looks very much like the Mazda CX-3 Racing Concept that was shown at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon and the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show, albeit without the latter’s polish. Of course, the Hyundai was likely done up by the local importer, without the might and resources of Japan’s fifth-largest carmaker, so we’re not expecting a world-class effort here.


The new Tucson GLS is powered by a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated MPi Nu four-cylinder petrol making 158 PS and 191 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Compared to our models, the GLS sold in Indonesia gains xenon headlights in addition to most of the kit found on our more expensive Executive model.

However, the Indonesian Tucson loses out on safety – there’s no stability control (standard on our models) to be found here; only two airbags (we get six on the Executive model) and ABS with EBD.