Having teased us just a few days ago with a silhouette of the new car, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has announced that their order books are now open for the new facelifted Tucson, expected to be launced by the end of this month.

Cosmetic changes include a redesigned front grille, with the DRLs attached to the fog lamps instead of being separately positioned as before. You can also expect a new 17-inch wheel design with updated rear lamp and bumper design.

Among the features we hope to see equipped in the new Tucson are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and rear USB charging ports among many. Seeing as its competition (Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5) has introduced a myriad of driving assistance systems, we hope to see the new Tucson equipped with the Hyundai SmartSense driver assistance system with the likes of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) among others.

“The Tucson is more appealing than before with the new makeover and it remains one of the popular Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in Malaysia. We expect good response for this version as it fulfills every aspect of customers’ expectations of an SUV,” said Managing Director of Sime Darby Motors (Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan), Mr Dennis Ho.

There will be two variants available – the 1.6-litre Turbo and 2.0-litre Elegance – where the former is no different from the current turbocharged unit we have currently, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with 177 hp and 265 Nm.

Prices are expected to begin from RM123,888 on-the-road excluding insurance with a 5-year or 300,000 km warranty (whichever comes first) and 3-year/50,000 km free service.


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