Hyundai’s popular mid-sized SUV, the Tucson, has been made a little bit more affordable to Malaysian buyers with the introduction of new locally-assembled variants that lower its asking price by some 10 percent compared to the existing Korean CBU versions.
Together with the i10, Elantra, and Santa Fe, the Tucson now rolls from the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah. The timing of this CKD project is curious, however, as the all-new next generation model has already received its global debut this March and set to go on sale in Europe in the second half of this year.
Available in two trim levels – Elegance and Sport – the CKD Tucson is powered exclusively by Hyundai’s all-aluminium 2.0-litre Nu engine sending outputs of 156hp and 192Nm to the front axle via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The previously-available 2.4-litre AWD model has been dropped.
Pricing starts at RM115,888 before on-road costs in Peninsula Malaysia for the Elegance model, and equipment for the money includes 17-inch alloys, dual frontal airbags, tilt & telescopic steering, daytime running lights, front and rear fog lamps, USB & Aux connectivity, auto headlights, and reverse sensors.
The RM132,888 Sport model, meanwhile, adds safeties such as electronic stability control, downhill brake control, hill start assist, and has its airbag count boosted to six. Additional amenities in this variant include panorama sunroof, sports bodykit, satellite navigation, keyless entry, front parking sensors, and parking cameras front and rear.
Colour options for the Tucson include Pure White, Titanium Grey, Hyper Metallic, Pepper Grey, and exclusive colours for the Sport variant are Remington Red, Phantom Black Sleek Silver and Platinum Silver. Like all other Hyundai passenger vehicles sold in Malaysia, the Tucson is covered by a 5-year / 300,000km extended warranty, backed by a 24-hour road assist service.
Pictures: Official Hyundai release.