Finally, Hyundai has launched their new gen Tucson in India. This is the second time when Hyundai has brought this name back in India and now it surely makes more sense than before since our market has matured. The SUV segment is on a continuous rise and currently the Tucson will not have any direct competition in our market however the price bracket of Tucson currently has one of the bestselling MPV, Innova Crysta in India which will surely stand against it. Moreover, the Tucson will lock horns with CR-V as well since Tucson is now the only SUV apart from CR-V which offers a petrol engine at an affordable price. How the Tucson squares up against its rivals? Let us find out in detail.
Give a look at all three and the looks of Tucson holds you for longest. The broad face, curvy lines and futuristic design of Tucson sweeps away the competition completely. The Innova Crysta has been improved a lot in terms of appearance but it is still an MPV while the current CR-V has also started showing its age. At 1850mm, the Tucson is the widest of all followed by Innova and CR-V at 1830mm and 1820mm respectively. The Crysta being a 7-seater MPV is the longest of all standing at 4735mm while the CR-V comes second with a length of 4545mm which makes it 70mm longer than the Tucson. Despite being shortest in length, the Tucson has the second best wheelbase of 2670mm which is full 50mm longer than the wheelbase of CR-V and is 80mm shorter than the Crysta. The CR-V has a ground clearance of 170mm while the Crysta rides at 193mm and the all three of them including Tucson come standard with 17-inch wheels however the top variant of Tucson rides on 18-inch wheels.
The Tucson is now available with two, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 2.0L engines; one each of petrol and diesel. First is the 2.0L, 153bhp petrol engine offering a maximum torque output of 192Nm while the 2.0L diesel engine is good for 182bhp with a maximum torque output of 400Nm available as low as 1750rpm. Both engines are available with six-speed manual as well as six-speed auto gearboxes. The Cysta gets three new and powerful engines; out of which two are diesel engines. To start off, the petrol engine is a 2.7L, 164bhp engine which has an utmost torque output of 245Nm. This engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox while there is also an option of 6-speed auto gearbox.
The diesel line-up includes a 2.4L, 4-cylinder diesel engine which is capable of producing a peak power of 148bhp with a maximum torque output of 343Nm.This engine is mated with a five-speed manual gearbox. The Innova Crysta also has a more powerful version equipped with a 2.8L, diesel engine which has power and torque output of 172bhp and 360Nm respectively. This engine is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission
The CR-V is the only one to get only petrol engines. It has two different petrol engines. One is a 2.0L, 154bhp petrol engine with an utmost torque output of 190Nm which is available with a choice of 6-speed manual as well automatic transmission. It also has a powerful 2.0L, 187bhp petrol engine which has an utmost torque output of 226Nm. This engine comes mated with a 6-speed auto gearbox only. This is the only vehicle in this comparison available in AWD layout else the Tucson and Crysta are 2WD vehicles only.
As far as feature line-up is concerned, all vehicles are equipped with modern luxury and safety features which you can expect in the segment. The common feature list include projector headlamp with daytime running LED lights, all power windows, adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, mood lighting, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted control. Other features will include auto climate control, rear de-fogger, wiper, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors, keyless entry, speed sensing door lock, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability corner and Hill hold assist etc. Apart from these, the Tucson will offer 10-way adjustable driver seat, all disc brakes, cruise control, traction control, Downhill Brake Control, front parking sensors and Electronic Stability control.
Currently the Innova Crysta is the most affordable vehicle of all in this comparison. The prices for the petrol version of Innova starts from INR 13.73lakhs while the diesel version starts from INR 13.96lakhs with its top model being priced at INR 20.93lakhs. It is the only vehicle in this comparison available with 7 &8 seating arrangement giving it an advantage over others since the Tucson and CR-V are only 5-seater SUVs. In this way, the Crysta offers more space, practicality at a lower price because the Tucson starts from INR 18.99lakhs and goes till INR 24.99lakhs which brings it in the price territory of CR-V which starts from INR 22.23lakhs (All Prices, Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
Surely, the Tucson has been priced really well in our market as it offers both petrol and diesel engines at an affordable price. It has a well thought out combination of looks, features and value which ultimately makes it a very desirable product.
Words- Sunil Kumar