And the range kicks off from $28,150 now, too.
Korean carmaker Hyundai has announced the updated 2019 model-year updates to its popular Tucson lineup, bringing about kit & aesthetic revisions that should maintain the models’ sales momentum within the segment. The Tucson is a car that’s proven really rather impressive, and it’s a car that we liked quite a bit when we had it on test, and the 2019MY updates seem to make the Tucson that much more appealing as a whole.
And in addition to all of that, there’s a new variant too. The new Tucson Go brings a lower entry point into the range, with the most affordable model coming in at $28,150.
“With a crisp new look, greater safety and technology, the 2019 Tucson is an appealing upgrade of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV.” — Scott Grant, COO, Hyundai Motor Company Australia
What’ll be shared across the range is the new appearance: There’s an update to the marque’s ‘Cascading Grille,’ flanked by updated headlights and daytime running lights. There are also new bumpers on either end, as well as a new range of alloy wheels. 17-inch units are fitted to the Go & Active X variants, while machine-finished units measuring 18-inches and 19-inches are reserved for the Elite & Highlander models respectively.
What is standard is the fitment of a floating-tablet infotainment system, replete with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, across the range. The base Tucson Go will use a 7.0-inch OEM unit, while the other 3 variants make use of a larger 8.0-inch unit with live traffic monitoring & lifetime map updates. Active X cars add things like leather trim, Infinity Premium audio, rear parking assist and tyre-pressure monitoring too.
Elite & Highlander cars benefit from the inclusion of Hyundai’s SmartSense advanced driver assistance package, which throws in forwards collision avoidance assist, blind-spot monitoring & collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and other kit too. These features are available on automatic Go & Active X models too, but as a cost option (though it’s well worth having, we think).
Our favourite engine, the diesel, doesn’t get any major revisions, though it has a new pairing: The 2.0-litre CRDI engine now works with a new 8-speed automatic, which will improve fuel economy and cruising refinement. The CRDI all-wheel drive powertrain continues to be available throughout the 4-strong lineup, while the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated front-driven powertrain is offered for Go, Active X, and Elite cars. The 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, dual-clutch auto, all-wheel drive combination remains a reserve for Elite & Highlander cars.
|Engine||Transmission||Tuscon Go||Tuscon ActiveX||Tuscon Elite||Tuscon Highlander|
|2.0GDI FWD||6-speed Manual||$28,150||$31,350||–||–|
|2.0GDI FWD||6-speed Auto||$30,650||$33,850||$37,850||–|
|1.6T-GDI AWD||7-speed DCT||–||–||$40,850||$46,500|
|2.0CRDI AWD||8-speed Auto||$35,950||$39,150||$43,150||$48,000|