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2019 Tucson Sport: Fresh styling, more power, from Hyundai

  • New top models for Hyundai sport utes
  • Tucson family upgrades reach South Africa
  • Two core models, diesel or petrol engines
2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPORT. Image: Hyundai SA

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai South Africa’s Tucson range in  has been bolstered with a  derivative with fresh styling, more power and torque, and the freshened models launched  as what the automaker describes as ”the sportier version”.

Having a deeper and more resonant exhaust sound is intended to add to the attraction of a model that was launched in 2017 and treated to a facelift in 2018.

Stanley Anderson, the genial sales and  ops director at Hyundai SA, told The Corner in a media release: “After the Tucson’s midlife facelift the time was ripe to create another Sport derivative, one with mainly the same treatment but with the attractive looks that came with the 2018 upgrade.

2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPORT. Image: Hyundai SA

“We’ve again fitted the Tucson with bespoke black wheel-rims and a body kit that gives it a very sporty look. People really took to the Sport after our first ‘experiment’ so we confidently repeated the exercise.”


There will be two derivatives – a 1,6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a diesel with a two-litre engine – also turbo-boosted.

The 1.6 is capable of delivering 150kW (at 5500prm) and 300Nm (at 4500rpm) to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission with the option of manual shifting.

The two-litre also delivers 150kW but at 4000rpm; torque can reach 460Nm, delivered from 1750-2750rpm through an eight-speed auto transmission which also has a manual override.

2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPORT. Image: Hyundai SA

The 2019 Sport’s interior is similar to the other derivatives in the range, including a facia with a floating 18cm screen to handle an infotainment system that links to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone applications.


The top specification was chosen for the Sport, including power adjustment for the front seats, dual aircon, rear air vents, rear parking cameras, a rear-view camera with a display on the infotainment screen, and a sunroof.

The Tucson’s upper facia has what Hyundai describes as ”high-quality, soft-touch, material with double-stitching”. The focal point of the centre console is the floating audio system screen, positioned so the driver can still focus on the road.

The infotainment system can include satnav if hooked to a cellphone with a navigation function.

2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPORT. Image: Hyundai SA

The additions take the South African Tucson Sport range to nine derivatives with a choice of three engines – a non-turbo petrol engine, a turbocharged 1.6 petrol engine and a 2.0 turbocharged diesel – and three specification levels.

Each is attached to front-wheel drive.

The Premium, for the entry-level derivatives, have cruise control, an infotainment system with an 18cm touch screen, diode daytime running lights, and front side and curtain crash-mitigation bags.

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The four-cylinder, two-litre, non-turbo petrol engine makes 115kW/196Nm with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto gearbox.

An Executive with, among other things, electronic stability control, leather upholstery, blind-spot coverage displayed in the external mirrors, cross-traffic alert, power adjustment for the driver, and aircon.

2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON SPORT. Image: Hyundai SA

An Executive derivative with the 131kW/400Nm two-litre petrol engine delivered through a six-speed autobox is a new addition to the range, as well as a Tucson R2.0 Executive with a  two-litre turbodiesel engine and eight-speed autobox.

The Elite, with top-of-the-range added standard features such as aa sun roof, power seat-adjustment for the front passenger too, push-button engine start, and keyless entry. The Elite derivatives also include the blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts, and a rear USB port.

An Elite Sport, with the same features as the Elite derivative, as well as the black wheel-rims, skirts, front and rear spoilers and dual exhausts.

All Tucson models also have passive safety features such as dual front and side crash-mitigation bags (driver and front passenger) and curtain bags to shield rear occupants. IsoFix anchors are standard.

Executive, Elite and Sport derivatives also have stability management for automatic stability and direction on wet, slippery or rough roads.


Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Sport (DCT) – R654 900
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Sport a/t – R664 900

Prices includes a five-year or 90 000km service plan, seven-year or 200 000km warranty, and roadside assistance for seven years or 150 000km. Service intervals  15 000km, with a mandatory initial 5000km service for the Tucson 1.6 TGDI Elite and Sport derivatives.

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