Hyundai’s flagship SUV may be the Santa Fe, but it’s most exciting nameplate for the segment is the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. Although it still lags behind its competitors in output and sales, it is the fastest-selling SUV in both US and Europe.

As of February 2016, the Tucson reaped an 81.8 percent YTD sales growth in the US and January has been the best-selling month for the SUV in Europe since its return to the market mid last year.

These figures are reason enough for the Tucson to be a success in a new undertaking to the Indian market. Set to be launched there later in June, we’re rubbing or palms to see how it tackles the challenging transportation industry in the world’s second largest populace.

It is going to be sold as a 2017 model and come with one engine option, which is a 2.0L CRDi diesel engine bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox that produces 175hp and 296lb-ft torque (402Nm).

Most interesting would be how the the Tucson’s new look would fare in India. Hyundai has aimed for a sporty appearance based on its Fluidic 2.0 design that sees changes applied to the grille, tail lamps, and overall shape on top of extra accouterments and a distinct profile character line.

Staff Reporter

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