The latest Hyundai Tucson is about to get a shot in the arm. Two shots, to be precise. Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has confirmed to paultan.org that the C-segment SUV will get two extra engine variants – a 1.6 litre turbo and a 2.0 litre diesel. Both will be introduced locally in the first quarter of 2017.

The Hyundai Tucson was launched in November 2015 and the third-generation TL has been available with here with the sole engine choice of a 2.0 MPi Nu engine with 155 PS and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The naturally aspirated four-pot is mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, which sends drive to the front wheels.

The 1.6 turbo option would be interesting for those who like European-style downsizing. The 1.6 litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine has 175 hp and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, and should deliver significantly improved performance over the current 2.0 NA car. The turbo motor is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A variation of this powertrain resides in the Veloster Turbo.

SUVs go well with diesel engines, and the 2.0 CRDi will be a good addition to the range. The R-series commonrail turbodiesel oil burner is good for 182 hp and 400 Nm of torque from 1,750 to to 2,750 rpm. The E-VGT engine is a smaller variant of the 2.2 CRDi that powers the Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, and is mated to a six-speed conventional automatic gearbox.

When it arrives in Q1 2017, the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi will join the Mazda CX-5 2.2L SkyActiv-D as the only diesel options in the segment, which largely follows the 2.0 NA and 2.4/2.5 NA template.

Speaking of the segment, this is a very competitive one dominated by the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Mazda CX-5; but with two interesting and non-mainstream powertrain options on the way, the Tucson should rank higher among those who don’t want to follow the herd.

GALLERY: Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Executive