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Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe ‘30’ editions announced

By Anna Kantilaftas, 02 Sep 2016 Car News

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai celebrates 30 years in Australia with limited Tucson and Santa Fe special editions.

Hyundai is celebrating 30 years in Australia by releasing Special Edition ’30’versions of its Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs.

The 30 years special editions are family-focused, value-for-money SUVs with better performance, unique features and more equipment. Only 300 of each model will be available for sale.

But this is no party bag lolly surprise. The ’30’ Special Editions pack plenty of extra gear for just a slightly higher price-tag than the regular models.

Priced at $4000 more than the front-wheel drive ActiveX model it’s based on, the ’30’ Tucson features the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but is all-wheel drive only and comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (the ActiveX auto-option is a six-speed).

For its $37,750 price-tag, the handsome Tucson gains matte grey side steps, matte black 19-inch alloy wheels, a twin-outlet exhaust at the rear and a unique Ash Blue body paint.  Inside, the limited edition Tucson gets the same treatment as the ActiveX with leather seats, heated side-mirrors and 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson is one of Australia’s favourite mid-sized SUVs, claiming more than 14 per cent of SUV sales in its segment so far this year.

The Santa Fe special edition ’30’ version features an all-new 3.3-litre all-aluminium V6 engine, which is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, and, unlike standard models, which are 4x4, it is front-wheel drive only.

Included in the seven-seater SUV’s $40,790 price-tag are a bunch of exclusive features: Mineral Blue metallic body paint, chrome-effect exterior door handles, solar rear-privacy glass, dark-grey 19-inch alloy wheels and unique ’30’ badging. It also includes heated exterior mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring system, leather interior, dual-zone climate control and glovebox cooling.

Hyundai Australia’s CEO, Scott Grant, said: “We wanted to do something special to commemorate Hyundai’s 30 proud years in Australia and I’m happy to say we’ve achieved that with our unique Tucson ‘30’ and Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Editions.

“These limited-edition versions of our standout medium and large SUV contenders really live up to their ‘30’ Special Edition status. They combine real-value, unique looks, features and enhanced performance. I honestly expect they’ll sell quickly.”

Hyundai is a South Korean company that entered Australian showrooms in 1986, and has since built its reputation from a budget brand into one of this country’s favourites, alongside Toyota and Mazda.