The first car that used to come in my mind while talking about SUV a few years back was the Hyundai Tucson. Why? Because Tucson had cemented itself as one of the top dogs in the SUV segment those days due to its styling and features. Overtime with the rise of companies like Honda, Ford, etc in the SUV segment, the Tuscon lost its edge in the Nepali market. Now to reimburse and get back in track in the SUV segment, Hyundai Nepal has introduced the new and improved 2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift in Nepal.
The new flagship SUV of Hyundai, 2018 Tucson Facelift comes with a lot of different features. The company assures that the facelift Tucson is a bang for the buck. In Nepal, Hyundai Tucson Facelift 2018 is available in 4 variants, GLS Low Trim (petrol), GLS Low Trim A/T (petrol), GLS Low Trim A/T (diesel), and GLS High Trim A/T (petrol). The price of the Hyundai Tucson Facelift starts at Rs. 94,96,000 and goes up to Rs. 1,08,96,000 . What are the features that are in the new Tucson Facelift? Well, let’s talk about it.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift Features
A Petrol Theta II 2.0 MPI engine with 1998cc displacement, powers the petrol variant Tucson. And Diesel R2.0 CRDi engine with 1995cc displacement is used to power the diesel variant. The engine used in the petrol variant pumps out 152.88 bhp of peak power and 192 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the diesel variant pumps out 182.88 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque. It is equipped with a 5-speed automatic(petrol) and 6-speed automatic(diesel) transmission. As per the history of Tucson, the 2018 Facelift is expected to have a refined and durable engine.
Talking about other features, power driver seat, heated front seats, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard on all but not in the base trim. The features also include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated seats, LED headlights and a navigation system but there is a catch. These features are available only in the top trim level, GLS High Trim A/T (petrol) and all for a price that’s thousands less than what you’ll pay for some comparably equipped rival crossovers.
The diesel variant of the Tucson now is 4×4(4wd) with automatic transmission. Yes, you heard it, its a 4wd now. Jeep Compass, the car which is creating a lot of buzzes is an arch rival of the Tucson which is priced much lower. But the Jeep Compass offers a full-spec diesel 4×4 option with a manual transmission whereas the Tucson offers an automatic transmission. Like its rivals, Tucson automatically sends power to the rear wheels by assessing road condition for increased traction. Another sweet feature of the Tucson is, the system includes Active Cornering Control, which automatically transfers torque to the wheels with the most traction.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift (Diesel) Key Specifications
- Engine: Diesel R2.0 CRDi
- Displacement.: 1995cc
- Maximum Power: 182.88 bhp @ 4000rpm
- Maximum Torque: 400 Nm @ 1800~2500rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed Automatic
- Mileage: 13 kmpl
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 62L
- Ground Clearance: 195mm
- Seating Capacity: 5
2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift Price in Nepal, GLS Low Trim A/T Diesel: Rs. 1,08,96,000
- 2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift GLS Low Trim M/T Petrol Price in Nepal: Rs. 94,96,000
- 2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift GLS Low Trim A/T Petrol Price in Nepal: Rs. 99,96,000
- 2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift GLS High Trim A/T Petrol Price in Nepal: Rs. 1,10,96,000
Is the 2018 Hyundai Tucson Facelift a perfect SUV?
As per my thoughts, Yes, the Hyundai Tucson is a perfect SUV as it covers all the basics of a compact SUV. The Hyundai Tucson prices are comparatively lower than its rivals and there are a ton of features at that price, what more do you want? You won’t get a class-leading cargo volume or passenger space, but the Tucson is still safe, solid, and convenient. It offers optional goodies like Apple CarPlay, a hands-free liftgate, and an array of advanced safety features. With the addition of 4×4 feature with automatic transmission in a diesel variant, I believe it is ready to go head to head with the competitors.
Every Tucson includes basic entertainment features: a touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. I recommend advancing to any trim above the base model for the best tech features. These come with a larger infotainment screen (which are easier to read) along with user favorites such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.