Hyundai has treated its popular Tucson mid-sized SUV to a mid-life refresh that replaces the previous Active variant with a more affordable Go option, adds a smattering of extra technology and introduces a new eight-speed auto option for the diesel-powered line-up.
Priced from $28,150 before on-road costs, the new Tucson Go lands with two-wheel drive and a 121kW/203Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox. However, get in before the end of August and it will be available for a driveaway price of $27,990.
The driveaway deal has been extended to the auto version, bringing it down from the before on-road cost of $30,650 to $29,990, and also covers the more generously equipped Active X manual, which costs $30,990 driveaway or $32,990 for the auto.
As part of the update, the Go entry variant is now also available with a new eight-speed auto bolted to the 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre diesel variant for $35,950 before on-road costs. New petrol (before on-road costs) pricing represents a reduction in the asking price over the outgoing model, while the diesel is now $860 more expensive.
Diesel versions of the Go are only available with four-wheel drive and the new more sophisticated transmission replaces the previous six-cog diesel auto with a more refined and fuel efficient unit, says Hyundai, although updated performance figures have not yet been revealed.
As before, the Tucson Active X manual is positioned above the entry variants offering extra kit for a starting price of $31,350 (+$200) or $33,850 (+$200) for the six-speed auto, while the diesel, which is new to the Active X range, costs $39,150.
Above that, the most affordable Elite variant is on offer for $37,850 (+$1600) with the same drivetrain as the Active X auto but is also available with a downsized 1.6-litre petrol, which pumps out 130kW and 265Nm thanks to a turbo.
Pricing for the 1.6-litre turbo Elite starts at $40,850 (+$1600) and includes four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, in place of the six-speed torque converter version, while the diesel rounds out the Elite line-up for $43,150 (+$1900).
At the top of the pack, the Highlander is available exclusively with the four-wheel drive 1.6-litre DCT combination or diesel four-wheel drive for $46,500 and $48,800 respectively, which represent $1050 and $1350 increases.
All versions get a lightly facelifted exterior with new headlights and corresponding daytime running lights, complemented by new wheel designs that measure 17-inch for the Go and Active X, the Elite gets 18-inch rims, while the Highlander has 19s.
The equipment upgrades continue on the inside with a new ‘floating’ style central information screen which spans 7.0-inches in the entry Go and 8.0-inches for all other versions. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity also join the range for the first time.
Opt for the base Go and you’ll get a reversing camera, six airbags, a full-size spare wheel, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Active X equipment highlights include part leather upholstery, higher spec Infinity audio system, navigation, rear parking assistant and tyre pressure monitoring.
Elite versions add extra safety gear including forward collision avoidance assistance, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, although those features can be added to the more affordable Go and Active X with the optional SmartSense pack for $2200.
As well, the Elite has a power-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers and privacy glass.
The flagship Highlander is kitted out with LED headlights and tail lights, front and rear parking assistance, a panoramic sunroof, cooled and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable front passenger seat, cordless device charging and a 4.2-inch driver’s information screen in the instrument cluster.
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