Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has just teased their upcoming model launch on its official Facebook page. The silhouette points towards the facelifted Hyundai Tucson as told by the angular front end and trapezoidal grille.

The refreshed Tucson gets a sharper and more modern look with the new Cascading Grille, sharper bumper, full LED headlamps, sharper taillamps and restyled alloy wheel design. Inside, the cabin is largely unchanged save for some added feature such as Krell Premium Sound System, wireless charging tray, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as rear USB charging port. It remains to be seen whether HSDM will include all the new features when the car is available.

In other markets, the Tucson is offered with four powertrain options – 183 hp 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel with, 1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel with 114 hp or 131 hp, 174 hp 1.6-litre T-GDi and a 130 hp 1.6-litre GDi. Expect the Malaysian market to receive the same line up of powertrain which is the 2.0-litre MPI, 1.6-litre T-GDi and the 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel.

The biggest upgrade to the facelifted Tucson is the introduction of Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features that bundles Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Speed Limit Indicator Function (SLIF), Hyundai’s Surround View Monitor (SVM) 360-degree camera and High-Beam Assist. Expect HSDM to offer the full suite of Hyundai SmartSense on at least one variant of the Tucson to rival the Honda CR-V.

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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.