The ultimate crossover: The new Hyundai Tucson is certainly intriguing

There is a question that is always asked at press conferences to present a new car: “How many units do you hope to sell from the above piece of jewelry?”. The importer sometimes evades, sometimes apologizes, usually prays, but when he has a strong card in his hand he smiles his tooth-white smile and says, “As much as the manufacturer is willing to supply, I will sell.” Or, in other words, Hyundai Tucson prints money for him.

Yes, there are a number of vehicles on the road that do not need recommendations. If you want, they can actually recommend you, if you are looking for a new job or spouse. 16 years since it was introduced to the Tucson audience, it has sold about seven million tools worldwide, about 66,000 in Israel alone, a number that must have changed as you read these lines. What is the reason? This is the ultimate crossover for the Israeli family. It’s the size, it’s the comfort, it’s of course the quality, and it’s also the herd that obediently follows Hyundai, the brand sold in the country in recent years.

Now a new Tucson, the fourth generation, has arrived here, and this is not another light facelift, tested on a magnifying glass of a watchmaker, but a completely different, different product, which will surely add curiosity to its fans. What’s new? First of all the look. The slightly routine and square look of the previous generation, is now replaced by an extroverted, prominent design, consisting of angles, levels, geometric shapes; Front lighting that blends spectacularly with the front grille and backlight that is hard to avoid designing. There were moments when he even reminded me of the Toyota Rav 4, which is definitely a compliment, and for me it is definitely a worthy competitor to the Peugeot 3008, which is another compliment.

It is an extroverted sight intended for the people of the Shofoni, and there is no better feature than this in a new vehicle, and for Tucson the shelling continues in its interior as well. Whoever enters, at least according to the initial impression, will probably mark a Like. The materials are generally good and give a luxurious atmosphere, and there is no situation that at first glance you will not encounter the central, impressive console, which creates a complete separation between the driver and the person sitting next to him. Instead of a gearbox there are buttons for shifting driving modes, a gadget we have already encountered in the new Hyundai vehicles. It fits perfectly in the console with an 8-inch multimedia screen. It is clear, easy to operate, with options of touch pads for menu shortcuts and operation of the split air conditioning system.

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The new Tucson gained a small increase in size. The length has increased by 2 cm, the width by 1.5 cm, and the more significant addition comes in height – 5 cm. Another change is in the spaces for the back row occupants, which have become much more airy. The trunk has also increased, and it now has volume A respectable 515 liters.
There are many Tucson customers for whom this description is sufficient. After all, they know the client, the main thing is that he travels. So true, there is no significant change in the range of engines, these are the same 2,000 cc and 1,600 cc engines, with which we also set off at the ELITE finish level, the senior.

This is an engine that has a new valve timing system, which, among other things, is supposed to improve fuel consumption and reduce the level of pollutants. So in terms of pollution, Tucson is still lagging behind somewhere, probably when we enter the hybrid-electric era and mark 12 spots. Also in terms of fuel consumption we saw better than it in performance, when we finished the joint event with a liter of gasoline on every 11.5 miles.

But when you hit the road, you understand why the vehicle is popular. The ride in it is pleasant, there is no other definition. This is an absolutely fast vehicle (accelerating 8.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h) with an assist of 180 hp, but it is not blunt or rude in its responses, but certainly relaxed, of course with the kind assistance of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which provides Smooth transfers, far from dramatic.

Tucson’s development was done in Europe, Hyundai said, to successfully combine the features of ride comfort with dynamic driving. The vehicle has been given a new power steering system designed to allow immediate responses, so true, the Tucson is not a sports car nor does it have any intention of being one, but it is certainly surprising in its dynamic capabilities, firm grip, which is reflected in the winding climbs. If you ask him to make a detour, or leap resolutely away, he has no problem obeying the order.

Hyundai said that the suspension system in the car has a new multi-link suspension in the rear, and in general the suspension system is combined with shock absorbers based on new valve technology that should allow flexibility in damping. With all his detailed explanation we won, you could say we saw vehicles soothing from it. In the city, at not high speed, you will feel the road damage penetrating the cabin. Outside, however, when you reach the highway, the ride is already much more fluid. Noise isolation is also reasonable, no more than that. Indeed, the safety equipment in Tucson is one of the outstanding ones, and it is a great advantage for family owners and potential customers. Already the opening version gets the highest score here, but the ELITE version, which we drove, gets a score of 8, with only emergency braking on the reverse driving missing from the rich specs.

Well, the fourth generation of Tucson landed in Israel with a clear statement of intent, “I’m much more than I was before, want to order”, and to his fans it will probably suffice. So no matter what we write, or what we tell, To go out in new editions every few years.So when we parted in the driveway, I whispered to the trunk “If you can, throw me some kind word to the boss, it probably won’t hurt.” 

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CF MOTO (Photo: Assaf Rahamim, Eran Shlomo)

In honor of the coming summer, CF MOTO – the Chinese manufacturer of off-road vehicles – introduced the new arsenal for 2021. The Z FORCE 1000 (side-by-side ATV, pictured below) is the leading model. Wheelbase of 229 cm, ventral spacing 34 cm, V-TWIN 957 cc engine, which knows how to provide 79 hp. It costs 89,000 shekels. Another powerful candidate is the C FORCE 850 ATV, which has a V-TWIN engine and a power of 63 hp. This tool was chosen by the Government Vehicle Administration to be used by the Border Police and the Israel Police in the coming years. The price is NIS 64,000. – C FORCE 625, also because of the price, NIS 52,000, and also because of the ease of operation and the capabilities that we will expand on soon.

Lexus has announced that early next year the new NX model will be released, the successful crossover and this time in a rechargeable hybrid version, among other things.
NX 450h +, which will be Lexus’ first. There will also be a choice with the NX 350h, which is not a rechargeable vehicle, but features fourth-generation hybrid technology. Lexus says that the plug-in model, which will arrive in early 2022, instead of the petrol engine waking up after the electric motor has finished operating, will have a self-charging hybrid system.

Last Friday, the preliminaries for the hybrid-electric race organized by Union Motors, an importer of Toyota to Toyota Corolla hybrid sedans, took place, with the intention of proving how much fuel can be saved. Tal Goldberg came in first, completing the 70-kilometer route, with 84% of the trip time spent on electricity alone. Its fuel consumption at the end was one liter of gasoline per 40.7 kilometers. The average of the finalists was 81% of electric travel. The final, by the way, was launched this morning, and the winner will win a couple’s vacation in Japan.

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