The Hyundai Tucson Sport makes its presence felt with a body kit consisting of front, side and rear skirts imported from South Korea and Tiger Wheel & Tyre's exclusive 19-inch black alloy wheels shod with low-profile tyres. If that does not announce its arrival, the louder exhaust note from the four chrome pipes sure will.
At the heart of the Hyundai Tucson Sport is the 1.6-litre T-GDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 150 kW (201.07 hp) and 295 Nm of torque, (up 20 kW and 30 Nm – courtesy, a remapped ECU) paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. A four-wheel drive system is not offered, which means power is sent to the front wheels only.
The Hyundai Tucson Sport's standard features include automatic climate control, electrically adjustable leather seats, 8-inch screen infotainment system with satellite navigation, reverse camera, cruise control, rain sensors, driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.
The Hyundai Tucson Sport is priced at R4,99,900 (Rs 1 349 500), and despite the after-market fitments clings on to the seven-year/200,000 km warranty and five-year/90,000 km service plan (with intervals of 15,000 km).
Two years ago Hyundai SA introduced a similar package for the India-made Hyundai i20, dubbed Hyundai i20 N Sport.