Euro-spec Hyundai Tucson gets 1.7-liter diesel, 7-speed dual-clutchby Ronan Glon
The 1.7-liter returns 48 mpg in a mixed European cycle.
Hyundai has made a couple of powertrain modifications to the Euro-spec Tucson.
Buyers on the other side of the pond will soon be able to order the soft-roader with a new 1.7-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that generates 141 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 250 lb-ft. of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. Called CRDi in Hyundai-speak, the oil-burner sends the Tucson from zero to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 114 mph.
The only transmission offered is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that can be shifted manually using the gear lever, and front-wheel drive is the only configuration available; buyers who want all-wheel drive need to step up to the bigger 2.0-liter oil-burner. Fuel economy checks in at 43 mpg in the city and 48 mpg in a mixed European cycle thanks in part to a standard start/stop system.
Pricing information hasn't been published yet. The new oil-burner will likely trickle down to other members of Hyundai's European lineup in the coming months, but at the time of writing the South Korean firm isn't planning on selling a Tucson with a 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine on our shores.