Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, will bring in diesel-fed variants of the newly-launched Tucson in 2010.
Hyundai marketing officer Raphael Ryan Batuigas said the diesel Tucson is coming in the second or third quarter next year but the company has yet to decide which variants will best fit the local market. Diesel engines of the Tucson, known as the Tucson ix in other markets, include the 1.7-liter and 2-liter R-line.
Batuigas said Hyundai prioritized the gasoline-powered Theta II engine-equipped variants "to show that the new Tucson is just as fuel-efficient as diesel-powered SUVs while being more environment-friendly."
Hyundai launched the 2010 Tucson in the Philippines on December 7.
The new 2010 Tucson runs on Hyundai's Theta II engines, with the 2-liter for 2WD type churning 166hp; and the 2.4-liter delivering 177hp mill for the top-of-the-line 4WD variant. The 2-liter Theta II engine is 24.6 percent more powerful than the Beta engine in the previous-generation Tucson.
"The incorporation of D-CVVT, or the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, and VIS in the Theta II engines ups the all-new Tucson's power, acceleration, and fuel economy, while keeping its engine operation environmentally sound with lesser emissions," Hyundai said.
The 2010 Tucson comes with a five-speed manual transmission for the base 2-liter GL variant while the rest of the line-up runs on Hyundai's newly-developed six-speed automatic transmission. The new tranny is lighter by 12 kilograms over the old five-speed automatic it replaces and Hyundai tests showed it can improve fuel economy by 12.2-percent. Manual shifting for a more dynamic driving experience is also possible with the 2010 Hyundai Tucson's Shiftronic feature.
Hyundai also improved the Tucson's cabin which now bears an X-design center fascia with black, high-gloss metallic paint finish to accent controls and switches. Located right in the middle of this unique fascia is the Tucson's audio system with a six-CD changer and multimedia capabilities through a built-in auxiliary input and USB port.
On the safety side, the 2010 Tucson comes with features like an Electronic Stability Program with its Anti-lock Braking System, as well as Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist Control. It also has front and rear disc brakes, six airbags, and an active headrest. The 2010 Tucson scored a five-star rating in Euro New Car Assessment Programme testing for both frontal and side impacts.
The new Tucson is available in Vanilla White, Sleek Silver, Gray Titanium, Phantom Black, and Silky Bronze.