Hyundai’s best selling model in the UK is now being offered with a more potent 141 PS (139 HP) turbo diesel unit, mated to a seven-speed double clutch 7DCT transmission.
The configuration also involves two-wheel drive (2WD) and is available to order in the UK from £24,570 (SE trim), all the way to £29,695 for the Premium SE high-spec version.
Working together with the 1.7-liter CRDi engine is Hyundai’s in-house developed 7DCT transmission, which offers the driver a choice between fully automatic and sequential manual gear changes.
According to the automaker, this gearbox delivers better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared to a 6-speed automatic – specifically 129g CO2 and 57.6 mpg (4.9l/100km) combined.
In terms of both efficiency as well as performance, the new powertrain features Hyundai’s Integrated Stop & Go (ISG) system as standard, while the 141 PS diesel engine also provides 340 Nm (250 lb-ft) of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. This translates into a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 11.5 seconds, plus a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph).
Hyundai also points out that among the Tucson’s other strong selling points are its advanced active safety systems, ranging from Blind Spot Detection to Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition. The Tucson was recently awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating by the IIHS and aced EuroNCAP tests back in October of last year.