Monday, August 07, 2017

Hyundai Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel is Launched - Completes the Malaysian Hyundai Tucson Line-up



Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors, the official distributor of Hyundai in Malaysia has launched the Hyundai Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel. This comes just a few weeks after the launch of the Tucson 1.6 Turbo GDI petrol variant and it somehow completes the engine variants of the Tucson here. We now get the 2.0 normally aspirated petrol, the 1.6 turbo petrol and this 2.0 turbo diesel version. Something from everyone at a lower price as now all Tucson variants sold in Malaysia come with the tax lowering Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status.



So before we get all excited about the turbo diesel's torque, we should get excited about the prices of all the Tucson models sold here. Being EEV status vehicles, the new, streamlined Tucson variants are assembled locally. Instead of a premium spec or a base specification, the Tucson comes in 3 variants for each engine specced. So, there are one variant only for each engine type - the normally aspirated 2.0L Elegance  at RM126,188, the 1.6L Turbo GDI at RM145,688 and this newly launched 2.0L CRDI Diesel at RM155,788. Prices are on the road price indicated excludes insurance. 

The EEV pricing only affects the 2.0 Elegance in some ways as it was launched much earlier in November 2015. The price for the Elegance sits slightly above its original introductory price of RM125,311.51 but below the original retail price which was RM3,000 more. 

Anyway, now on with the Tucson Turbo Diesel...
The Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This 2.0liter 4 cylinder new common rail direct injection turbo diesel engine makes 178PS and 400Nm from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm of torque. It has a top speed of 201km/h and 0-100kmh is claimed to be dispatched in 9.3 seconds.

New convenient features include the LED Headlamps with static bending lights; Auto Hold function that automatically holds the brakes steady once the vehicle has come to a complete stop thereby preventing it from creeping forward or rolling backward; and a smart powered tailgate which opens at the approach of the key-holder. Optional accessories such as three leather packages (colour options: black, red and white), body kit and 19” rims (shown below) are also made available with the Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel.


The Tucson Turbo Diesel definitely makes the local Tucson line-up complete. We now have one for those that want performance in either petrol or diesel forms and we have the normally aspirated version for those that would like a Tucson but not pay a whole lot for it. In terms of performance, the 1.6 turbo petrol makes 177ps and 265Nm. It may have more horsepower and the fact that its powerband is from 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm makes it a different drive compared to the turbo diesel which makes its thumping 400Nm torque (and similar horsepower) at under 2,750rpm. The petrol turbo will be a more spirited drive with the driver aiming for the redline more than the turbo diesel. Both would be good enough for an effortless cruise. But I have the nagging feeling that for in-gear acceleration, and for the urban cut and thrust, the diesel may be a little more fun. 

All Tucson variants are entitled to 50,000km free service with 3 years validity and are offered with a 5-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty on all its new passenger vehicles. 

Press release and full specifications after the photos below.











PRESS RELEASE

A NEW VARIANT FOR THE TUCSON
Introducing the Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel Engine

SHAH ALAM, 7 August 2017–The Tucson just gets better and better with the launch of the latest 2.0L CRDI Diesel, a turbocharged powertrain that is built for outstanding performance and fuel-efficiency.

The Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel, which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, boasts a power output of 178PS and 400Nm from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm of torque with  a top speed of 201km/h and 0-100kmh in 9.3 seconds. The R-series CRDI Diesel Engine is also fitted with piezo-electronic injectors that deliver fuel at 1800 bar, with low fuel consumption and 186g/100km CO2 emissions.

New convenient features are also offered with this new variant. They include the LED Headlamps with static bending lights; Auto Hold function that automatically holds the brakes steady once the vehicle has come to a complete stop thereby preventing it from creeping forward or rolling backward; and a smart powered tailgate which opens at the approach of the key-holder. Optional accessories such as three leather packages (colour options: black, red and white), body kit and 19” rims are also made available with the Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel.

“We have added another variant to attract even more customers and interest towards our best-selling compact SUV. With this latest variant introduced, the Tucson has the widest powertrain in its segment namely the 1.6L Gamma T-GDI engine, Nu 2.0 MPI engine and the 2.0L R-series CRDI Diesel engine,” said Mr Lau Yit Mun, Managing Director of HSDM.  

The Tucson comes in 3 variants namely:
2.0L Elegance (*RM126,188)
1.6L Turbo GDI (*RM145,688)
2.0L CRDI Diesel (*RM155,788)
*On the road price indicated excludes insurance

The Tucson 2.0L Elegance also received minor upgrades i.e fog lamps and daytime running lights. All Tucson variants have also been granted the Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status from the Malaysia government.

The Tucson is one of the safest vehicles in its segment and has received the maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. It benefits from a solid body structure featuring 51% ultra-high strength steel for improved torsional rigidity, impact resistance and a host of innovative passive and active safety features. As with all Hyundai models, the Tucson also features a state-of-the-art safety system that offers optimal driving stability. These include the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with an Automatic Vehicle Hold feature. The 1.6L T-GDI and 2.0L CRDI Diesel are fully equipped with 6 airbags for all round safety.

Designed based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design theme, the Tucson employs refined aesthetics with sculpted body forms and sporty contours for an athletic, bold and striking appearance. The front of the All-New Tucson is dominated by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, which connects to the headlamps with LED Positioning Lamps to create a distinctive identity. A wing-shaped appearance to the front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, gives the car a unique style and provides a visual reference for the car’s wide track.

On the inside, a premium wrapped instrument panel is offered, with extra-wide instrument panel contours to enhance occupants’ overall sense of interior roominess. A stitched, soft-touch pad is located near the driver’s right knee, for better comfort during long commutes or spirited cornering. Interior touch points have been upgraded with premium, soft-touch materials and all interior switchgear have a more refined feel during operation.

All Tucson variants are entitled to 50,000km free service with 3 years validity.

HSDM offers a 5-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty on all its new passenger vehicles. A 24-hour road assist service is also now available to new and existing Hyundai vehicles.  For more information or to place bookings, interested parties can head to the nearest sales outlet or call Hyundai’s Customer Careline at 1-300-13-2000.

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