New Hyundai Tucson Sport 2018 with bigger engine for the US market

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Most Updated Car Concept

The new Sport trim will be slotted between the SEL Plus and SEL.

While worldwide car enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the facelifted Tucson 2019, those in the US market are about to welcome a new Sport trim for the 2018 model year. According to latest car news, the Hyundai Tucson Sport 2018 will be slotted between the SEL Plus and SEL.

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Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept

At present, Hyundai has yet to release official photos of the Tucson Sport. This is the photo of the Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept showcased in Las Vegas in 2017

Don’t confuse this with the performance version Tucson N since the Sport model comes equipped with Hyundai’s familiar naturally aspirated 4-cylinder 2.4L powertrain. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and an optional AWD cost an additional $1,400, the Tucson Sport is expected to deliver 181 hp and 237 Nm of torque. Official output figures still needs to be confirmed by the Korean automaker though.

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If these numbers were to be true, the Hyundai Tucson Sport 2018 would be the most potent model of the range as the turbocharged 1.6-liter only produces at 175 hp while the naturally aspirated 2.0L generates 164 hp. Worth of note, the higher torque of the former is made possible due to forced induction which is at 195 lb-ft.

facelifted Hyundai Tucson 2019 spy shot

The facelifted Hyundai Tucson is believed to come as a 2019 model year

The Hyundai Tucson Sport 2018 is said to borrow some safety features from the higher trim SEL Plus such as cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. Meanwhile, in comparison with the lower-spec SEL, the Sport is offered with a number of additional features including:

  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter;
  • Push-button start;
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system;
  • Door handle-mounted LED approach lamps.

As for the facelifted Hyundai Tucson, it is believed to come as a 2019 model year. Through the spy shots surfaced earlier, it will likely receive a heavy makeover including a redesigned tail and a new fascia. Check out the sneak peeks of the refreshed Hyundai Tucson 2019 through our previous posts:

Some spy shots of the revamped Tucson 2019:

Some spy shots of the revamped Hyundai Tucson 2019

Some spy shots of the revamped Hyundai Tucson 2019

Some spy shots of the revamped Hyundai Tucson 2019

Some spy shots of the revamped Hyundai Tucson 2019

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Know more about Hyundai Tucson 2024

Hyundai Tucson

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson is a five-seater compact crossover. Locally, this model has two variants. There’s the GLS+ 2.0 CRDi, and the 2.0 GLS AT. The CRDi model is diesel, while the other one is gasoline. They then have a price of Php 1,840,000 and Php 1,570,000 respectively.

Under the hood, the GLS+ CRDi variant uses a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that can make up to 183 horsepower and 416 Nm of torque. The GLS meanwhile gets a 2.0-liter gasoline mill that can churn out 153 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. 

For transmissions, the diesel variant uses an eight-speed automatic tranny. The gasoline version meanwhile uses a six-speed automatic tranny. Both variants are front-wheel-drive. 

Size-wise, the new Tucson is 4,630mm long, 1,865mm wide, and 1,665mm in height. They also come with a wheelbase length of 2,755mm, and a ground clearance of 181mm.

Locally, the Hyundai Tucson competes against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Chery Tiggo 5 Pro, Subaru Forester, Peugeot 3008, among others. 

₱ 1,570,000 - ₱ 1,840,000