A rumour emerging on AutoJunction states that the Hyundai Tucson Fluidic crossover, also known as the ix35 in certain international car markets, could make its debut in India during 2014. The rumour goes on to add that it will be the third generation Tucson that’ll arrive first into India after which the Santa Fe will make its debut. This second point made by the rumour seems quite unlikely as Hyundai India has been testing the 2013 Santa Fe Fluidic Crossover in India for quite a while now. However, the South Korean car maker is yet to begin testing the Tuscon in India.
If anything, it is the all new 2013 Santa Fe that should be launched first in India rather than the Tuscon. Also, the previous generation Santa Fe continues to be sold in India while the Tucson will be an all new model although Hyundai India did sell the first generation of the Tucson in India more than half a decade ago. So, only time will tell how credible the latest rumour about the third generation Tuscon being launched in India is. Coming to the all new Tucson, the crossover is a five seater and if at all launched in India, could rival the Mahindra XUV500.
While the first generation Tucson came with odd ball looks, the all new 2013 Tucson jumps onto Hyundai’s Fluidic design bandwagon. So, the 2013 Hyundai Tucson is quite a looker. Dimensionally, the 2013 Tucson Fluidic is larger than the outgoing second generation model and these larger dimensions mean that the crossover is more spacious on the inside. Under the hood, European variants of the Tucson come with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. Hyundai India might decide to stick with turbo diesel power for the Tuscon if at all it launches the car in the Indian car market.
Internationally, the Tucson is sold with two turbo diesel engines, a 2 Liter R-Diesel unit and a 1.7 Liter U-II unit. While the 2 Liter R-Diesel turbo diesel engine is available in two states of tune: 136 PS and 184 PS, the 1.7 Liter turbo diesel motor outputs 115 PS-260 Nm. If the Tucson is aimed at the XUV500 in India, the 2 Liter R-Diesel motor in the 136 PS power output might be an apt choice for the crossover. Both turbo diesel engines come mated to 6 speed manual transmissions as standard while the 2 liter R-Diesel motor gets a 6 speed automatic gearbox as an option.
The monocoque bodied Tucson is available in front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. Coming to the equipment and interiors, in typical Hyundai style the Tucson comes loaded with high quality interiors, loads of creature comforts and an array of safety features. If Hyundai decides to bring the Tucson to India, the South Korean car maker might take the CKD assembly route.