With completed smaller siblings just like the Creta and Alcazar, you possibly can wager Hyundai’s new flagship SUV has upped its recreation.

Some of our youthful readers won’t keep in mind this, however the Tucson first got here to India in 2005, when the Indian automotive market was an entire completely different beast. The first-generation SUV, which additionally used a 2.0-litre diesel engine with AWD, was a CBU import and value a princely Rs 14.3 lakh, ex-showroom. It was a distinct segment product for Hyundai, nevertheless it set the groundwork for what we’re driving at this time.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is assembled in India, prices Rs 34 lakh, and makes use of a 2.0-litre diesel engine with AWD, nevertheless it’s not a distinct segment product for the model, whose standing as a maker of premium autos has since been effectively cemented. In truth, with robust competitors and consumers with extra spending energy than ever earlier than, the time is ripe for this flagship SUV to shine. So, can it?

2022 Hyundai Tucson will get radical exterior design

It will get off to an awesome begin simply with the way in which it seems to be. Edgy designs may be polarising, and this would possibly alienate conventional consumers with extra conservative tastes, however Hyundai’s new Parametric Dynamics design will certainly be a success with the more and more youthful clientele we’re instructed are procuring on this section.

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New Tucson options presumably Hyundai India’s most radical design but.

The new Tucson brings some critical wow issue with its sharply minimize bodywork that appears to attract inspiration from the likes of the Lamborghini Urus. There’s even a brushed metallic trim piece that curves alongside the highest of the window line, making this look like a coupe SUV, regardless that it isn’t. Also very obvious from the aspect is that that is the brand new long-wheelbase model, which Hyundai says was a no brainer for the chauffeur-driven Indian market, and the good 18-inch alloy wheels sitting below massive, angular arches.

The rear has some significantly attention-grabbing particulars, just like the rear wiper being hid below the roof-mounted spoiler and the Hyundai brand built-in throughout the windscreen glass itself. The minimalist tail-lamp array is a steady, slim band of LEDs ending in a pair of slashes on both aspect, however this has meant the symptoms and reverse lamps have moved right down to the bumper.

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LED DRLs built-in in grille whereas headlamps positioned in entrance bumper.

The principal attraction, nonetheless, is entrance and centre. The Tucson’s new nostril is way faraway from its predecessor, and in reality, nearly any Hyundai on sale in India. The sharp ‘Parametric’ parts within the grille are completed in darkish chrome, and fan outward into an array of angular LEDs formed like wings. These LEDs, when turned off, mix away into the grille itself, whereas the headlamps are positioned decrease down, within the bumper. It may be polarising, however there’s little question it can flip heads.

2022 Hyundai Tucson has ample inside area and luxury

The inside is rather less radical, and fairly much like the structure we first noticed within the Creta. The gloss black centre console (extra on this later) flows as much as the highest of the sprint and spreads out in both route, ending within the outer AC vents. A pleasant, premium contact are the slim vents on the highest of the sprint, which ‘diffuse’ the AC draft gently reasonably than focusing it.The steering wheel seems to be loads just like the Creta’s too, however has better-finished management switches, and behind it sits the Alcazar’s 10.25-inch digital dial display screen, besides that it’s free-standing with no shroud, reasonably than sitting below a hooded binnacle – identical to within the new S-Class!

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Digital dials display screen shows ADAS options like useful Lane Watch digicam.

Lower down within the centre console, you’ll discover the gear lever from the Creta (no button selector such as you get abroad), seat heating/cooling switches, ample stowage area, an digital parking brake and controls for the drive modes. The 10.25-inch touchscreen blends seamlessly into its gloss black housing, as do the AC controls under, that are all contact. The thought is for the entire centre console to appear to be a steady black mirror when switched off, however in follow, it’s a bit of fiddly to make use of on the go.

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10.25in touchscreen and AC controls type one steady contact panel.

It is analogous in design, then, however what’s taken an enormous step ahead is the standard. Save for the transmission tunnel, the complete dashboard is soft-touch materials, as are the door playing cards, that are inlaid with a complicated material trim. The gentle gray leatherette upholstery feels wealthy (though it reveals stains very simply), and the metallic inserts within the entrance seats add a premium air. Even the column stalks behind are completed in a knurled gloss black plastic; all of it seems to be very wealthy.

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Premium particulars embrace knurled end on gloss black management stalks.

The powered entrance seats, very like the outdated Tucson, will really feel a bit too low at their lowest setting, however fortunately provide an extended vary of adjustment so even shorter drivers can get cozy. And cozy they are going to be with beneficiant cushioning, heating and air flow up entrance.

It’s within the again seat the place the Tucson actually excels, and the two,755mm wheelbase (85mm longer than the earlier automotive’s) that pays dividends. Leg room is ample, letting even taller passengers stretch out, and there’s a wholesome hole between your head and the panoramic sunroof. This lets lots of gentle into the cabin, as do the big rear home windows, however as with the earlier automotive, you’re sat a bit of low to the ground, which robs some thigh assist and doesn’t provide you with that theatre-like view ahead that you really want in an SUV. Cushioning is simply spot on, although, and there’s a big quantity of recline for the backrest. There are rear AC vents although, however no blower or temperature management, and we might have favored to see window blinds right here too; even the Alcazar has them!

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Huge 540 litres boot can simply swallow 4 massive suitcases, and extra.

The lengthy wheelbase additionally means the seating space doesn’t compromise the boot, which at 540 litres, is critically huge. Our crew of 4 was in a position to match all their stroller baggage and equipment in comfortably, with room to spare, so airport runs needs to be a chunk of cake within the new Tucson. Bear in thoughts, although, the spare wheel is an area saver.

2022 Hyundai Tucson is filled with options, together with ADAS

Yes, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is the speaking level of the brand new Hyundai Tucson, and that is the primary mannequin from the model in India to supply it. Hyundai says it is a Level 2 system and that features adaptive cruise management, emergency auto braking, lane departure warning and help, lane watch digicam, blind spot warning, driver consideration monitor, 360-degree cameras and rear cross site visitors help. Hyundai stated particular care was taken to calibrate the system for Indian situations, together with sensor sensitivity, delay earlier than intervention, the diploma of intervention, and the quantity of driver enter required.

360-degree digicam show is evident and provides a number of angle choices.

For as soon as, this effort actually reveals, because the Tucson’s ADAS feels useful and never distracting (or worse, overly intrusive) in typical Indian street situations. The methods don’t overreact to errant street customers, there’s simply the correct quantity of delay earlier than energetic intervention, it may learn worn out lane markings and even the auto steering correction isn’t too forceful. It needs to be famous, although, that ‘crucial’ security options like auto emergency braking, if turned off, will robotically change on once more when the automotive is began subsequent.

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Panoramic sunroof solely provides to the large sense of area.

Even in relation to extra typical options, the Tucson is, expectedly, filled with them. Highlights embrace dual-zone local weather management, a panoramic sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, powered entrance seats with driver-side reminiscence, entrance seat heating and air flow, wi-fi cellphone charging, on and off-road drive modes (the latter solely within the AWD model), related automotive tech with Alexa and Google Assistant assist, and, after all, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, albeit not wi-fi. There are USB ports for each rows of seats, however they’re sort A, not sort C.

2022 Hyundai Tucson engines, gearboxes and efficiency

An space the place not a lot has modified with the Tucson is its powertrains. As earlier than, you get a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol mated to a 6-speed torque-converter auto, and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel mated to an 8-speed torque-converter auto, the latter getting the choice of AWD on the highest mannequin. This time, nonetheless, there are not any guide gearboxes.

Hyundai estimates about 70 p.c of Tucson gross sales to be diesels, and with its headlining figures of 186hp and 416Nm, there’s loads to be enthusiastic about. It’s not the efficiency that strikes you first although; it’s the refinement, and whether or not at standstill or on the transfer, the engine stays effectively muted. The 8-speed auto is remarkably easy, ushering you off the road with none drama or jerkiness and hustling by means of its ratios seamlessly. You don’t get paddle shifters within the Tucson, however frankly, you don’t miss them, as a result of this gearbox may be very intuitive.

It’s additionally as a result of, for all its energy, it’s not a high-strung or rev-happy powertrain, and as an alternative, prefers to be pushed in a relaxed trend; simply as effectively for a giant household SUV. Should you wish to all of a sudden move three automobiles on a freeway although, there’s ample torque, and a fast downshift simply accessed with a fast faucet on the accelerator. There are drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart (adaptive) – however other than a slight spike in revs utilizing Sport, we didn’t discover too stark a distinction amongst them in both powertrain.

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186hp turbo-diesel is refined and highly effective, with a intelligent 8-speed AT.

The petrol powertrain is much less convincing, and whereas it feels fairly robust within the Alcazar, within the bigger, heavier Tucson, it may really feel overwhelmed at occasions, particularly out on the freeway. Its 156hp and 192Nm sound ample, however what this old-school naturally aspirated engine is lacking is that robust mid-range slug of torque that you’ll find in its petrol rivals, all of which use turbochargers.

Solid high-speed stability makes the Tucson nice on the freeway.

Still, it manages effectively sufficient at low speeds and in metropolis confines, however an even bigger irritant right here is the 6-speed auto gearbox, which isn’t as fast or intelligent because the diesel’s 8-speed unit. There are sometimes delays earlier than a downshift or an upshift, leaving you both with an ungainly pause earlier than getting a transfer on, or at larger revs regardless that you haven’t flattened your foot. The latter scenario additionally leads to an disagreeable roar from the in any other case quiet petrol engine because it nears the higher finish of the tachometer. All issues thought of, the Tucson’s petrol powertrain does its greatest work when pushed in an unhurried method.

2022 Hyundai Tucson trip, dealing with and suspension

Ride consolation was a power of the earlier Tucson, and that continues right here. Riding on massive, chunky 235/60 R18 wheels and tyres, the SUV has a assured stance, and is effectively geared to absorb the sharp edges of potholes or craters. You ought to know proper on the outset that the petrol Tucson is about up noticeably softer than the diesel, and, because of this, it takes on lower-speed street imperfections simply that little bit higher, however can be vulnerable to extra physique motion and roll.

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Not essentially the most participating SUV, however gentle manoeuvrable for its dimension.

Overall, no matter which model you select, it is a largely softly set-up SUV, and that’s simply as effectively for its meant position. It’s nice round city, the place it rides authoritatively over potholes and steep velocity breakers, with little intrusion into the cabin. The suspension works silently too, with not more than a distant ‘thunk’ from the chunky tyres if you happen to make contact a bit too onerous. Like all Hyundais, the steering is good and lightweight, making for glorious city manoeuvrability.

Out on the freeway, the steering weighs up surprisingly effectively, permitting the Tucson to carry three-digit speeds with confidence. Out right here, the suspension, significantly within the diesel, retains issues composed, which, along side the steering and the refined powertrain, makes this an awesome freeway cruiser. As you might need guessed by now, the Tucson shouldn’t be a sporty dealing with SUV. The steering isn’t all that sharp or fast, and there’s a lot of physique roll within the corners, so it’s greatest to not attempt to push it to its absolute restrict.

New Hyundai Tucson worth and verdict

With all of the developments the Tucson has made, its worth has superior significantly too. The beginning worth of Rs 27.70 lakh (ex-showroom) is kind of enticing, however you’re taking a look at Rs 34.39 lakh for the top-spec diesel with AWD, which is greater than its key rivals – the Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan and Citroen C5 Aircross – of their top-spec guises. This form of is sensible, because the Alcazar – a really premium SUV in its personal proper – is knocking on the backside finish of this worth vary, and, as a result of the Tucson packs in so very a lot.

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Sharp rear design contains wiper hidden below roof spoiler.

Even past the intelligent tech like ADAS and all the opposite options, what you may have is a basically well-sorted premium govt SUV that’s bought its fundamentals of area, consolation and robust powertrains good. Will the dramatic seems to be work in its favour? Well, this Tucson was the bestselling Hyundai globally in 2021, so absolutely the designers are on to one thing. More importantly, will it discover extra reputation in India than its predecessors, permitting Hyundai to maneuver confidently into critically premium territory? We’ll have to attend and see, however the Tucson is an SUV that ticks nearly each field in its quest to be Hyundai’s flagship, and that appears like a formulation for achievement.

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