The South Korean automaker has decided to announce there will be yet another powertrain option – the sixth – offered for the Tucson sport utility vehicle on the Old Continent.
Hyundai has been keeping the headlines of the ongoing Geneva Motor Show in the Swiss capital after presenting the European versions of the new three-member Ioniq family – the first time a single architecture is used to underpin a regular hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an electric model. But the brand is also delivering a new addition to one of its most important models – the Tucson SUV – which alone will most likely sell way better than all three Ioniq models combined. The crossover has gained a 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine pushing out 141 horsepower (104 kilowatts) and offering a peak torque of 251 pound-feet (340 Newton meters) between 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. The new powertrain option is completed by the introduction of a seven-speed automatic transmission with dual clutches that is used in lieu of the usual six-speed auto and coming with 20 percent better fuel efficiency.
Hyundai’s best selling European model can do 48 miles per gallon (4.9 liters per 100 kilometers) on average with corresponding CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometer. The performance specifications are also good, with the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint handled in 11.5 seconds. Among standard amenities the new Tucson version also boasts a start-stop system and the list of options includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keeping assist system.