Local distributor Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has already confirmed to us that the Hyundai Tucson is set to gain two new engine options soon, and now the first one, the turbocharged T-GDI model, is on display at Mid Valley Megamall. But the powertrain isn’t the only thing that’s new – there’s some added kit as well.
On the outside, the turbo model is distinguished from the regular Tucson via projector LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and cornering lights, as well as a darker finish for the 17-inch alloy wheels. The Golf GTI-esque 19-inch directional five-spoke alloy wheels are an optional extra, and are wrapped in 245/45R19 tyres instead of 225/45R17 rubber on the 17’s.
Unfortunately, the display car was locked, but there aren’t many discernible changes inside – save for a a new front camera to join the reverse camera already offered on the standard Tucson. There’s also a powered tailgate with hands-free operation; the latter is operated by standing at the rear of the car with the key for more than three seconds.
Otherwise, standard kit should be identical to the current range-topping Executive model, and includes front and rear fog lights, puddle lights, keyless entry, push-button start, a multifunction steering wheel, leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Drive Mode Control with three modes (normal, sports and eco) and a Supervision 4.2-inch TFT LCD multi-info display.
Other features to be included are an electronic parking brake, an auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass, rear air-con vents, an auto up/down driver’s side window, an eight-inch touchscreen Android-based Audio Visual Navigation infotainment system and cruise control. Safety equipment includes six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, hill start assist, hill descent control and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.
Under the bonnet sits a 1.6 litre turbocharged and direct-injected T-GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm – a big jump over the 155 PS and 192 Nm from the existing 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated MPI mill. Instead of a six-speed automatic transmission, there’s a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, although front-wheel drive remains the status quo.
The T-GDI will be joined by a CRDi turbodiesel variant as well, with a 2.0 litre oil burner churning out 182 hp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic.