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Hyundai Tuscon takes the 4x4 battle to new heights

Hyundai’s brand new sports utility the Tuscon goes on sale on August 14.

The Tucson marks the new entry level to Hyundai’s 4x4 range and will compete against cars such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sportage.

There are seven Tucson models to choose from with prices starting at £14,995 for the 2.0 16v GSI rising to £18,695 for the 2.7 V6 CDX.

There are three engine options available, the 2.0 litre petrol, the 2.0 litre common-rail turbo-diesel, and the 2.7 V6, all with two trim levels - GSI and CDX.

The 2.0 litre engine, which is a CVVT unit as seen in the Coupe, develops 140bhp at 6000rpm, reaches a top speed of 108mph and performs the 0-62mph run in 11.3 seconds.

Hyundai expects the diesel version of Tucson to be especially popular in a segment where more drivers are switching to diesel. It produces 111bhp of power at 4,000rpm, reaches a top speed of 104mph and reaches 0 to 62mph in 13.8 seconds.

The top-of-the-range 2.7 V6 CDX produces 173bhp at 6,000rpm and has a top speed of 112mph. Its 0-62mph figure is 10.5 seconds.

The Tucson comes with either a five speed manual transmission or four speed semi-automatic ‘H-matic’ gearbox.

It comes with Hyundai’s five year unlimited mileage fully transferable warranty – and joins the only 4x4 range with a manufacturer-backed warranty for a full five years.

Hyundai expects to sell around 3,500 examples in the UK in 2005, while worldwide sales are expected to reach 200,000 units by 2006.

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