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Hyundai adds Elite kit to AWD Tucson Sport range

  • Hyundai adds Elite spec to its Tucson Sport
  • Body kit, power upgrade – because they could
  • Infotainment screen, top comfort, great handling
2017 Tucson Sport. Image: Hyundai SA
2017 Tucson Sport Elite. Image: Hyundai SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Given the success of the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport diesel with its skirts, black 19″ wheel rims and bold exhausts, Hyundai SA has awarded the top-of-the-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite AWD the same treatment – and a Sport badge.

The Tucson Sport Executive was launched in June 2017 and sales have indicated an appetite for its bold looks and the body treatment given to it within Hyundai’s local SUV range.

2017 Tucson Sport. Image: Hyundai SA
2017 Tucson Sport Elite. Only a 1.6 but a turbo gives it 150kW. Image: Hyundai SA

Stanley Anderson, the affable sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive SA, told Carman’s Corner: “We sold more than 50 Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport units in July 2017, little more than a month after its launch.

UPGRADED POWER PACK

These figures vindicated our decision to offer a derivative with sporty overtones and a body kit that made the good-looking Tucson even more attractive.

“Some customers asked for the same body kit and engine power upgrade to be applied to our top-of-range Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite AWD with its dual-clutch transmission – and we were convinced.”

The result is the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Elite Sport AWD with a turbocharged 1.6 petrol engine capable of 150kW and 295Nm. It also has the comprehensive Elite level of features, which means a big sunroof and a number of convenience, safety and luxury items.

2017 Tucson Sport. Image: Hyundai SA
2017 Tucson Sport Elite: You can’t buy the wheel rims anywhere else. Image: Hyundai SA

The price: R599 900.

The body kit – front, rear and side skirts – comes from Korea; the alloy wheel rims were chosen with Tiger Wheel & Tyre and are exclusive to the Tucson Sport. Hyundai SA also fitted an exhaust system with four chromed pipes – people will hear you coming.

EXCLUSIVE WHEEL RIMS

“The 19″ black alloy rims shod with low-profile tyres,” Anderson said, “raised the outstanding handling dynamics. They are exclusive to the Tucson Sport derivatives – they’re not on Tiger’s shelves.”

The 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and its dual-clutch gearbox gives automatic gearshifts with the option of Sport mode to push the revolutions higher before engaging the next gear, or manual when the going demands it.

Other standard features include a 20cm infotainment screen/system with satnav, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a CD player, USB and AUX sockets and an FM/AM radio. The screen also displays the view from a rear parking camera.

2017 Tucson Sport. Image: Hyundai SA
2017 Tucson Sport Elite. Facia 20cm screen feeds info on audio, infotainment and satnav. Image: Hyundai SA

The car also has cruise control, auto wipers and aircon, power adjustment for the leather-upholstered front seats and multifunction controls on the steering-wheel.

Safety features include stability control, anti-lock brakes with auto pressure distribution, and driver, front passenger, side and curtain crash bags. The units have a EuroNCAP five-star crash-protection rating.

READ MORE Hyundai features on Carman’s Corner

The cars will be sold with Hyundai’s industry-leading seven-year or 200 000km warranty, five years or 150 000km of roadside assistance and a five-year or 90 000km service plan.

Service intervals 15 000 km.

2017 Tucson Sport. Image: Hyundai SA
2017 Tucson Sport Elite: Four pipes play a soulful tune when the turbo is on song. Image: Hyundai SA

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