Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has rolled-out the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the Hyundai Tucson. Now coming out of Inokom’s plant in Kulim, the C-segment SUV models are priced 10% lower than the CBU (Korea) models. The Tucson range now starts at RM116,677.60 for the Nu 2.0 Elegance, up to RM133,677.60 for the Nu 2.0 Sport (OTR without insurance).
Only the two variants remain, while the previous 2.0 Executive Plus and 2.4 Executive Plus models have effectively been dropped. Specs of the two CKD offerings are largely unchanged compared to their equivalent CBU models, plus the addition of LED daytime running lights and leather upholstery across the range.
Based on the spec sheet released (below), the only thing that is omitted is a leather-wrapped steering wheel previously fitted to the 2.0 Elegance, which is now replaced with a “soft PVC” unit. Otherwise, you still get 17-inch wheels, front and rear foglamps, steering wheel audio controls and auto lights as standard.
The Sport adds on chrome door handles, all-around bodykit, front parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and start and a touchscreen head unit with navigation and front and rear parking cameras. Six airbags (as opposed to two on the Elegance), ESP, Vehicle Stability Management, Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist are only available on the Sport too.
Under the hood, there’s the same Nu 2.0 litre engine. The MPI motor makes 158 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. As before, Hyundai’s own six-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the front wheels. Previously, only the 2.4 litre Tucson variant had an all-wheel drive drivetrain.
Standard colours available are Pure White, Titanium Grey, Hyper Metallic and Pepper Grey, while Remington Red, Phantom Black, Sleek Silver and Platinum Silver options are offered on the Sport variant. HSDM provides a five-year/300,000 km warranty on the CKD Hyundai Tucson.