Hyundai’s compact Tucson crossover is a perennial shiny mild within the model’s troubled lineup, and it appears the Korean automaker needs to reward clients with a third engine selection.
Blessed with a pile of Theta II 2.four-liter engines on the lookout for houses, Hyundai has apparently stuffed one in a mid-range Tucson and slapped on a “Sport” moniker, thus creating a barely hotter mannequin for consumers not impressed with the standard 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder — however not prepared to shell out for the 1.6-liter turbo.
Hmm… are Hyundai consumers swayed by worth?
The information comes by means of CarsDirect, which found (by way of order guides) that the Tucson Sport began manufacturing final month. Positioned between the SEL and SEL Plus trim ranges, the Tucson Sport positive factors niceties discovered on its barely larger-finish trim neighbor, plus a sprint of visible aggression. Barely revamped entrance and rear fascias come standard, as do 19-inch wheels.
One has to marvel if that is the “N Sport” trim Hyundai efficiency boss Albert Biermann spoke of earlier this yr. In all probability not, as that trim goals to draw on the athleticism of the model’s new N fashions — the primary of which hasn’t but arrived in North America. “N” means nothing to most Hyundai consumers, however “Sport” definitely does.
Different goodies sure for the sporter Tucson embrace a leather-based-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a proximity key and push-button begin, plus driver help features like blind spot monitoring with cross-visitors alert and lane change help. Twin chrome exhaust provides additional brightwork to the rear.
Beginning price, together with vacation spot, is $26,one hundred thirty. Consumers wanting 4-wheel traction can add it to the package deal for an additional $1,four hundred, taking the the price tag up to $27,530. The mannequin’s price positions it virtually midway between the 2 SEL trims. Shifting up the ladder to the much less-highly effective SEL Plus requires one other $1,550.
Whereas the order information didn’t specify the Tucson’s brawn, different 2.four-liter automobiles in Hyundai’s lineup make 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. That’s a noticeable bump from the standard 2.zero-liter’s 164 hp and 151 lb-ft, although the highest-flight Tucson’s 1.6T gives up one hundred seventy five hp and a punchier 195 lb-ft. You’ll pay extra to get into the 1.6T, nevertheless. Anybody on the lookout for that engine should first leapfrog the SEL Plus trim to get to the lately created “Worth” mannequin, which shares its turbocharged powerplant with the highest-shelf Restricted.
It looks like Hyundai’s planning a mid-yr introduction of the Tucson Sport to maintain the cash tree crossover within the public eye. The Tucson stays Hyundai’s best-promoting utility mannequin, promoting 114,735 models within the U.S. final yr and one other 30,467 in Canada. February gross sales within the U.S. rose 31 %, yr over yr.
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