Hyundai to Launch Tucson Variations SUV
kpride, Feb. 24, 2015, 10:19 a.m.
Hyundai Motor will release new versions of the Tucson small SUV next month to become more competitive in the growing market. Hyundai said Monday it will launch two- and four-wheel 2-liter versions of the Tucson and a downsized 1.7-liter variant as well.
The downsized Tucson targets customers in their 20s to 40s and competes head-on with Renault Samsung’s popular QM3 and Ssangyong's new Tivoli compact SUVs. It will be priced between W20.8 million and W27.8 million (US$1=W1,110). Although they boast less power than larger SUVs, the compact variants are cheaper and more fuel efficient.
Renault Samsung has sold more than 18,000 QM3s, which cost between W22.8 milion and W25 million, while Ssangyong has sold more than 10,000 Tivolis just a month after its release, the price tag ranging from W16.4 million to W23.5 million.
The sole imported compact SUV here is the Peugeot 2008 (W26.5 million to W31.5 million). It boasts a fuel efficiency of 17.4 km per liter and its low price tag has led to more than 1,000 customers placing pre-orders.