From left: Hyundai Lanka Head of Sales Tharanga Vithanage, Prestige Group Chairman Heinz Reuter and Hyundai LankaGeneral Manger After Sales Tharanga Vithanage. Pic by Pradeep Pathirana
A media briefing was held on Tuesday to announce the introduction of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson to Sri Lankan roads. Continuing Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design theme that debuted on the 2015 Genesis, 2016 Tucson employs refined aesthetics with sculpted body forms and sporty contours for an athletic, bold and striking appearance. The front is dominated by a hexagonal-shaped grille - a key element of Hyundai’s design signature, enhanced by available high-efficiency LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Tucson’s wheelbase increases by more than an inch for enhanced design magnitude and a smoother ride. Tucson comes with 18-inch alloy wheels that are offered with a dynamic spoke design, housed in forward-raking wheel arches. Roof rails are sleek and lowprofile for a clean, yet functional appearance. From the rear, an Z-shaped character line above the rear wheel accentuates an aggressive, sporty side profile. The rear angle conveys stability and a wide, sporty stance, for agility both on and off-road. The taillights also apply LED technology, creating a premium design element, while providing enhanced visibility from the rear. Finally, twin, bevel-cut chrome exhaust tips and a standard rear spoiler add even more sporty cues from the rear view.
Powerful and efficient new powertrains
transmissions is easier to operate than ever before tanks to much improve NVH. 2016 Tucson power train offerings also have been improved with top efficiency levels as a primary target. Base models offer the 2.0-liter, CRDi diesel engine and 2.0 MPI gasoline engine with maximum output of 178ps at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 41.0kg.m at 1750-2750 rpm for diesel engine and maximum output of 157 ps at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 20.0kg.m at 4000rpm for gasoline engine.
All-wheel drive capability
2016 Tucson will offer an advanced AWD system developed by Hyundai in conjunction with Magna Power train. The system includes a driver-selectable AWD lock that allows a differentiated torque split between front and rear wheels, for off-road and extremely slippery road conditions. Finally, the system incorporates both Hill start Assist and Downhill Brake Control to assist drivers facing sharp incline or decline conditions.
Segment firsts and new features
The 2016 Tucson offers several compact segment firsts. Newly available features on Tucson include LED headlights and accents, LED Daytime Running Lights, HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) that turn-in with the direction of the steering wheel, LED map lights, colour LCD cluster display, individual tyre monitoring, power passenger seat and heated rear seats with stain-resistant quality
Comprehensive safety features
The 2016 Tucson is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick÷ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with AEB. For 2016, new, advanced safety technologies such as AEB with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors and standard rearview camera are offered. In addition, advanced high- strength steel represents over 50 percent of the new Tucson’s structure, for enhanced crash safety
The new Tucson offers eight appealing exterior colours and three interior colour environments. Ten of these exterior colours are all-new, including Pure White, Platinum Silver, Galaxy Pearl, Pepper Gray, Ara Blue, Milk Tea, Sepia Topaz, Ruby Wine, Sedona Orange and Phantom Black. Interior colour environment include black, beige and gray in cloth and black or beige in leather available on limited models.;