In a rather surprising move, Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia (HSDM) has revealed plans to introduce at least two additional variants to the third-generation Tucson range – a turbocharged petrol and a turbodiesel.
The former is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder Gamma GDI engine, paired to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that’s developed in-house. This setup is exactly the same as the Veloster Turbo, and the blown mill makes 175 hp at 5,500 rpm and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.
For those who are interested in the diesel, talks within HSDM are still ongoing, so there’s no telling whether we’ll be getting the 1.7 CRDi or 2.0 CRDi. However, chances are, we might get the larger of the two. Both are four-cylinder common-rail oil burners. The 1.7-litre CRDi produces 114 hp at 4,000 rpm and a whopping 280 Nm of torque from 1,250 to 2,500 rpm. This is paired to a six-speed manual transmission only, though.
Read our review to find out why the Tucson is our favourite (and underrated) SUV in the market, and be sure to watch this space for more updates!