New generation Elantra,Tucson launched
The Hyundai Motors and Investment Ghana Limited last Thursday launched two vehicles from the Hyundai stable—the all new sleek but rigid Elantra and sporty yet tough Tucson.
Hyundai took the two vehicles to the engineering theatre and returned with a 6th generation Elantra and 3rd generation Tucson.
At a media launch in Accra, the Head of Sales and Marketing of the company, Mr Jatin Nadkarni, said the two vehicles reflected Hyundai’s fluidic design concept.
“Part of Hyundai’s DNA is to ensure that the company remains innovative through dynamic designs and also produces durable cars that are efficient,” he said.
The power behind the Elantra is two engines—a 1.6 and a 2.0 litre petrol engines.
The Tucson on the other hand is powered by a 2.0 litre engine.
Outside, the designers give details to the brand’s large hexagonal grille, a more refined look accented by slim, sporty headlamps and high density fog lamps.
Inside the two cars fit and finish have been kept simple. No clumsy layouts to cause the driver to take his eyes off the road.
The Tucson feels especially spacious and roomy for a compact SUV. The open and airy cabin makes the car easily accessible with a family friendly rear seat as an icing on the cake.
Standard features include smart key, leather seat, adjustable electric seat, bluetooth, reverse camera and impressive cargo space.
Although its designers have reduced its height, head and knee room are generous; even short drivers can sit up high with an impressive front view. The seats are available in both fabric and leather.
The plastic door panels are hard and the inside littered with storage facilities from mobile phones, water bottles to even your handy electronic gadgets.
While the engineers went to the drawing board to keep the Tucson shorter, in the contrast, the Elantra has seen an increase in height, width and the base elongated to improve legroom and provide a generous cargo space. The agreement is that seat comfort is superb and even tall adults have ample leg and head room in the back.
Adapted to fit tropics
The Sales Manager of the company, Mr Sachin Gupta, said the two cars satisfied the needs of the young and trendy who want comfort at a competitive price.
Automakers have been accused of producing generic vehicles with little respect for weather and road conditions in Africa; a one-cut-fits-all approach where customers tend to be the losers at the end.
But allaying that fear, Mr Gupta said: “The cars have been adapted to fit the road conditions in Ghana. The suspension is good. The durability is good because the engineers have the tropics including Ghana in mind. On top of that we have an excellent after-sales service.”
WarrantyWarranty for the two vehicles is 100,000 kilometres or five years whichever comes first