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.
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.
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.
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:
- Spy shots of Hyundai Tucson 2019 facelift
- Hyundai Tucson 2019 facelift spied, revealing a new honeycomb grille
Some spy shots of the revamped Tucson 2019:
>>> Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineup
Know more about Hyundai Tucson 2021
<p>The Hyundai Tucson is a compact, five-door crossover with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. It can fit in up to five occupants including the driver, and it has a default cargo space of 877-liters. For the Philippine market, the Hyundai-made model either gets a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4. The gasoline engine option can make up to 155 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. The diesel option can produce 185 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque. Only the entry-level GL 2.0 FWD MT is available with a six-speed manual transmission.The automatic gasoline variant uses a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel variants come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.</p>