New variant slots between Elite and Highlander, priced from $48,273 drive-away according to local website.
Hyundai Australia has released the Tucson Special Edition, which slots between the Elite and flagship Highlander in the mid-sized SUV line-up.
Based on the Elite specification, the Special Edition adds several equipment items normally reserved for the Highlander, including 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Continental ContiSportContact 5 rubber, a 360-degree camera system, front parking sensors, trailer stability assist, an electrochromic rear-view mirror, solar control glass, and a black cloth headliner.
That's on top of the Elite's powered driver's seat, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic wipers, privacy glass, chrome exterior door handles, and the SmartSense pack – incorporating autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, power folding side mirrors, and an electric park brake.
Available powertrains are the same as the top-spec Highlander, meaning both a 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol and 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel are offered, each with all-wheel drive as standard.
The petrol is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, while the diesel is only available with an eight-speed automatic.
Hyundai's local division hasn't issued official list pricing for the Special Edition, though a quick check of the price calculator on its website shows $48,273 drive-away for the petrol and $50,674 drive-away (Melbourne metro) for the diesel, representing a circa-$3k jump over the equivalent Elite.
Considering the turbo petrol and diesel Elite models are listed at $40,850 and $43,150 before on-road costs respectively, expect the list price for the Special Edition to be around $44k for the petrol and $46k for the diesel plus ORCs.
Note: Tucson Highlander pictured. Thanks to Henry for the tip!
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