By APA Bureau
Hyundai Motor India has launched its global SUV Tucson which has over 4.5 million customers worldwide in 12 years and is one of the best-selling SUV in the world. With Tucson, the company has three SUVs along with Creta and Santa Fe.
Tuscon has been launched at an introductory price ranging between Rs 18.99 lakh and Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The manual petrol variant is priced at Rs 18.99 lakh while the diesel versions are priced between Rs 21.59 lakh and Rs 23.48 lakh. The petrol automatic is priced at Rs 21.79 lakh while the one with diesel powertrain is priced at Rs 24.99 lakh.
“The aspiration of owning a SUV is a global phenomenon. The All New Tucson represents a significant step and will herald a new chapter in HMIL’s growth story. Sold over 4.5 Million units globally in 12 years, this Tucson is a modern and confident game changer SUV. The launch of the 3rd generation All New Tucson will create a benchmark by giving the world-class Hyundai Experience to the aspirational Indian customers,” Y K Koo, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said at the launch of the vehicle.
Hyundai plans to launch a sub 4-metre compact SUV in order to fill the gap that lies below Creta. It had showcased the concept compact SUV Carlino at the Auto Expo last February. The model is under development. Tucson comes with 2 litre petrol and diesel engine options and other new features including a puddle lamp, downhill brake control and front and rear parking sensors. The petrol version with manual transmission comes with 155 PS of power and delivers a fuel efficiency of 13.03 km/ litre. The petrol automatic delivers a fuel efficiency of 12.95 km/ litre.
The diesel variant with manual transmission offers 185 PS of power and a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.42 km/litre. The diesel automatic delivers a fuel efficiency of 16.38 km/ litre.
Seven Millionth Car
A top of the trim, white Creta AT, which had the distinction of creating history in the Hyundai world by being the seven millionth car, rolled off the production lines with Managing Director Koo and VP, Production, Ganesh Mani S, in the driver’s seat at Huyndai Motor India’s facility in Sriperumpudur near Chennai on November 21. With this, HMI achieved the distinction of being the second best position among its overseas peers, only after China, in Hyundai Motor Group and the first auto manufacturer, in India to achieve this feat in a record time within 18 years of commercial operation. HMIL rolled out its first millionth car, a Santro, in 2006, just eight years after commencement of commercial production in 1998.
Thereafter, production picked up momentum, with the next million milestone being achieved within an average of 18 -19 months. The five millionth car was flagged off in October 2013 by Huyndai’s brand ambassador Shahrukh Khan.
Koo said, “HMIL has always set new benchmarks in terms of quality and customer delight by introducing new products with new technology and design to the Indian market, demonstrating superior manufacturing prowess. Our ‘Made in India’ products have impressed global and Indian customers alike.”