New Hyundai Tucson: Driving performance

- The Hyundai Tucson offers a wide range of efficient powertrains. Customers can choose between two petrol and two diesel engines.

All engines except for 2.0 CRDi 48-volt hybrid are equipped as standard with Hyundai’s 6-speed manual-transmission (6MT) and an optional electronic parking brake. Alternatively, several powertrain options offer the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or the 8-speed automatic 4WD transmission (8AT).

The 2.0-litre 48-volt hybrid diesel engine with 137 kW / 185 PS equipped with a standard four-wheel drive system (HTRAC) and an 8 speed automatic transmission.

The 8AT is engineered with a transverse layout. It offers a more compact set-up and an increased gear span for enhanced performance and reduced fuel consumption. The gear ratio is widened by 18.3 per cent resulting in an improved engine response during start and acceleration. During braking, the engine response is improved due to a higher downshifting point. The higher gear ratio width ensures greater differentiation of the drive modes.

Fitted for the first time in a Hyundai, the Tucson features a 48-volt hybrid powertrain system, which is available in combination with the 2.0-litre diesel engine. The technology designed for electrification comprises a 0.44 kW/h 48-volt lithium-ion battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), a LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. Under acceleration, the MHSG supports the engine with up to 12 kW of power and thereby reduces fuel consumption. The system switches automatically between mechanical use of the engine and energy recuperation. The MHSG assists the combustion engine by discharging the battery to reduce engine load with light acceleration, or to provide additional torque to the engine under strong acceleration. During in-gear deceleration and braking, energy is recuperated to recharge the battery. In this way, the system significantly improves the engine’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions without sacrificing driving pleasure.

Hyundai’s Smartstream 1.6-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine is offered with two power outputs. The 85 kW / 115 PS version has a 6-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive, with the high-power option offering 100 kW / 136 PS. Customers choosing the 136 PS powertrain can also opt for the 7DCT. Both engine outputs are based on the efficient next-generation Smartstream technology, which optimises the engine structure to reduce size and weight.

The entry level 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine comes with 97 kW / 132 PS and is equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive, whilst a higher power 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine generates 130 kW / 177 PS, with a 6 speed manual or 7 speed DCT option. The new in-house-manufactured 7DCT offers two drive modes: Normal and Sport, which can increase the efficiency as well as driver enjoyment.

For off-road trips, the Tucson is equipped with the electric rack-mounted motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), which provides more stability and makes the car instantly responsive at lower speeds. All engines are equipped with Hyundai’s efficient Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system. It switches the engine off automatically when the car comes to a halt, contributing to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All engines in the Tucson powertrain line-up fully comply with Euro 6d Temp regulations.

Hyundai’s four-wheel drive system – called HTRAC – is equipped with a differential lock to distribute torque evenly between the front and rear wheels.

* For the very latest fuel consumption and emissions data please refer to the consumer website www.hyundai.co.uk