What Changes Bring to Hyundai Tucson in 2018?

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The Tucson is the most affordable SUV from Korean Hyundai brand. It is the smallest as well (at least until subcompact Kona comes to dealerships). It goes below Santa Fe Sport, but costs more than sedans with the same powertrains and equipment level. It’s initial price is even slightly higher than for Sonata.

2018 Tucson Changes

The car get a major redesign just last year, so we cannot expect any radical change for 2018 model year, could be the same trim level/colors upgrade as it happen in 2017.

Engine Range and Safety

The engine range is simple, consist just of two engines available. The first one is naturally-aspirated 2-liter 4 cylinder inline unit, producing 164 HP and 151 ft-lb of torque. Optional is 1.6L turbocharged engine with 175 HP output and 195 ft-lb of torque. It comes with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the standard comes with 6-speed automatic. By the way, 2018 Tucson is the only SUV of its class equipped with DCT.

In terms of safety features, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson has a wide list of advanced warning systems, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, etc. Moreover it get highest rating on IIHS crash tests.

Design

The design of the current Tucson is pretty cool – it features the same design features as all-new Elantra, which is way better than the previous generation of car. It features smoother lines, wide headlights, hexagonal grille.

The interior is a good too – it is almost identical with Elantra, new steering wheel design, multimedia screen between air vents, large dials of climate control – a very advanced design for the interior.

Trim Levels and Pricing

The price range for Tucson 2018 is $23,595 to $32,070 without options. The car comes in 4 trim levels – SE, Eco, Sport, Limited.

SE features 17-inch rims, air-conditioner, rear-view camera, tilt and telescopic steering column, 6-way power seat for driver, and simple 5-inch multimedia system with the support of satellite radio. This trim level is available only with 2.0L FWD layout.

Eco

Eco has LED inserts in DRLs and accents, roof racks, chromed exhaust. In the interior it has lumbar support of driver’s seat, illuminated glove box. Other features are similar with SE.

Sport

This trim level adds 19-inch rims, hands-free liftgate, keyless entry with push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats. It also comes with blind spot detection and lane change assist.

Limited

Top-trim level car has a wide variety of additional features: more chromed inserts in door handles, shark fin antenna and other minor improvements. LED headlights and rear lights. Inside, there are dual-zone climate control, advanced dashboard, Android and iOS smartphones connectivity, automated-dimming rearview mirror.

Additional Ultimate package adds lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, front seats with ventilation, heated rear seats.

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