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A quick look at Hyundai Tucson

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On November 14, Hyundai launched its latest SUV, Hyundai Tucson in the country. Since then, the company dealers have been busy attending calls and queries for the same vehicle which was once not received well, in 2005, when it made its first entry here. HYUNDAI has managed to win Indian Car of the Year Award consecutively for three years as a testament to the company’s hard work towards excellence.

Back then, when Tucson entered the Indian Market, there were not much followers as India was not yet ready for the trend of crossovers or a premium SUV from a brand as HYUNDAI. But the sustained commitment of the company towards delivering vehicles with better designs and performance seems to have won hearts of most Indians which is clearly evident from the Tucson bookings since its launch.Tucson has earned 200 plus bookings in few days’ time.

About Hyundai Tucson

Exterior:

HYUNDA came up with this third generation model skipping the previous one probably to grab the best of response with a completely new design. Hyundai Tucson revolves on the brand’s Fluidic Sculpture design and very much looks like a miniature of Santa FE at the first glance. The exterior of this premium SUV displays the aggressive stance that’s expected of this particular segment. Huge three slat grille with chrome borders that extend towards the double barrel projector headlamps highlighted by the long DLRs (Daytime Running Lamps) and a muscular bonnet adorn the front fascia. Matte finished silver scuff plates are generously provided on the front and rear bumpers as well as along the side skirts. The rear is very much in sync with the front as the tail lamps and LED brake lights look much similar to the headlamps pattern, accompanied by twin chrome exhaust pipes adding more sportiness to the vehicle.

Interior:

The cabin looks gracefully furnished with a beige and black tone on its interiors, leather (top end variants) or fabric (base variants) upholstery, well-crafted dashboard, steering wheel with controls and many more impressive features like keyless entry, 10 way power adjustable driver seat and climate control. Rear appears more spacious and seats provide good thigh support with reclination. An 8 inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity, 6 speaker audio system, electronic tail gate control, electric parking brake and digital compass(on select variants), cruise control are few innovative features in the All New Hyundai Tucson.

Engine:

Hyundai Tucson is available in both Petrol and Diesel trims. The four cylinder 2L Petrol engine delivers power of 152bhp and 192Nm of peak torque while the four cylinder 2L Turbo Diesel engine generates 182bhp and 400Nm of peak torque. Both trims are available in 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox. The NVH (Noise/Vibration/Harness) levels are maintained well especially noted on the Diesel trim. The presence of foam padding on its front fenders requires special mention as it has helped reduce the noise and vibrations inside the Tucson.

Safety:

Hyundai never compromises on the safety standards while designing a vehicle, perhaps this could be one of the reasons why they won many accolades in all these years. Tucson comes with 2 airbags (standard) and 6 air bags (top variant), ABS and EBD (electronic brake force distribution), hill assist control, vehicle assist management and many more features.

Price:

Hyundai Tucson is priced at Rs. 18.99 to 21.79 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs. 21.59 to 24.99 lakh for the Diesel variant (Both ex-showroom Delhi). It has been comfortably placed between Creta and Hyundai Santa Fe in terms of pricing.

Hyundai Tucson is definitely a value for money SUV that offers good cabin space, comfort and performance at its best. The success meter has already started ticking for this vehicle with more than 200 bookings in last couple of days. Unlike before, Hyundai seems to pull it off this time in launching Hyundai Tucson

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BMW X1 sDrive20d gets an M Sport edition at a price of Rs.41.50 lakh i

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Design Editions of Q3 and Q7 launched in India

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017

• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model

• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately


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Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017 Old wine in a new bottle Find out

Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.


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Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.


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Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

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Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

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Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.


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2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.


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DATSUN Redi-GO

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This time, the visit to Kolkatta was with a different purpose. The purpose was to test drive the small hatchback DATSUN Redi-GO. This is the vehicle segment that sells most in India. The land of Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and Reno Quid. Into this market enters DATSUN Redi-Go. The earlier models of DATSUN were GO and GO+. Lack of standard was the reason for their failure. The Indian prefers a vehicle of high standard even if somewhat more costly. The cost-reduction focus was the undoing of GO and GO+. While driving Redi-GO, one felt that DATSUN had learned the lessons from these failures. Here follows a detailed Test Drive Report.

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Vitara Brezza

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