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Hyundai introduces 2019 Tucson with cross-traffic alerts

Hyundai introduces 2019 Tucson with cross-traffic alerts

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Rasheed Bisiriyu

Hyundai Nigeria Limited says the Tucson has returned with a renewed vigour for the 2019 model year and hopes to make some impressive showing in the Sport Utility Vehicle segment on the country’s auto market.

According to the auto firm, the vehicle incorporates superb mix of interior refinement, ride comfort, astonishing reliability, fuel economy and advanced safety features.

It says the vehicle has a standard rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alerts that makes navigation a snap thus removing guesswork out of backing into a tight spot.

The vehicle is said to have been recently remodelled with gorgeous niceties, the Tucson is Hyundai’s icing on the cake, and could prompt a gawk among competitive SUV marques.

A statement by the auto firm lists some notable contenders in the practical SUV market where the new Tucson will compete as the Honda CRV, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox.

Hyundai says its new Tucson offers more equipment for a buyer’s money with attractive trim levels, each delivering unprecedented apparatus for their respective points.

For instance, it says the SE trim level (the only available model in Nigeria) is equipped with 164 horsepower, 2.0-litre four cylinder engine with a front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

It says, “Tucson’s swanky dimension also offers additional three inches length; 1.1-inch width and 1.2-inch-longer-wheelbase to reaffirm the vehicle’s practicality.

“The result, of course, is a spacious and refined interior; passenger-friendly cabin especially for the rear occupants and a 60/40 split rear seat, providing ample thigh support and plenty of legroom even for a six-footer up front.”

It says the cargo area has been widened for easier loading and offloading with added bonus on the floor (that can be lowered by two inches) to accommodate more shipment.

It says the new Tucson is a driver’s delight with appreciable reputation for everyday commuting, as acknowledged by test drivers.

The test drivers, it notes, specifically applaud the vehicle’s front wheel drive that reaches 60mph (97km) in 7.9 seconds, which is quick for cars in this class.

The Tucson’s steering and suspension are said to have received significant improvements, providing a robust suspension component, upgraded dampers and new hydraulic-type bump stops.

It says, “Drivers of the new Tucson would, no doubt, appreciate Hyundai’s Flex Steer System available on the model for the first time and a remarkably distinctive Standard Drive Mode Select System that alters steering effort, transmission shift programming and throttle response in variance with the three settings – Normal, Eco and Sport.

“These driving modes allow the driver to vary the level of steering support and feedback to best suit the environment – a feature only typical on luxury cars, but Tucson has become the only vehicle in the practical SUV segment to offer it.

“When the all-wheel drive is engaged, an Active Control System not only sends power reward while turning, but applies the inside rear brakes to reduce the vehicle’s tendency to push wide through turns.”

The firm gives other important features of the vehicle as a bi-function projection type headlight and LED positioning lamps for improved visibility along with LED rear lamps and newly designed 7.0J x 18” alloy wheels and a full-size spare tyre.

The Tucson’s interior is said to have benefited from a number of enhancements, conveniently seating five with an attractive cabin and spacious seating rows.

According to the statement, the front seats, for instance, are supple and offer generous support for longer trips. There’s also ample head and legroom at the rear for two adults to fit comfortably.

While fabric upholstery is said to be standard leather, heated, and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are also available options.

The auto firm says, “Hyundai continues to design and place its controls very well. The five-inch touchscreen audio interface and layout for instance is refreshingly attractive, with easily pressed virtual buttons, sharing space with song data from the radio or media player.

“What’s more, the vehicle’s fluidic design opens up a world of possibilities with an optional panoramic sunroof that extends from the front seats to the back and a rear spoiler with brake lights-built-in, puts a finishing touch on the fluidic sculpture design that is uniquely Hyundai.”

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