UPDATE, 10 June 2021, 4:30pm: After this article was published, Hyundai Australia advised it is now working on a solution and "evaluations are progressing well with a good pass rate". The company says initial shipments are being released for shipment to showrooms and several hundred cars will begin arriving in dealerships in the coming weeks.
10 June 2021, 7am: Existing orders for the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol versions of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson have been delayed by up to two months – and the order books for new sales have been closed temporarily – due to a fault with their dual-clutch automatic transmissions (DCTs).
"We are carrying out a technical audit on these vehicles after discovering a minor fault with the DCT transmission ... We are currently investigating a potential solution in close co-operation with the quality division of Hyundai Motor Company", a Hyundai Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice.
A timeframe for a fix is yet to be announced – and a solution is yet to be identified – however CarAdvice understands once the fault is resolved, deliveries for cars already on order could commence from August 2021.
In the meantime, as reported by CarAdvice last week, new customer orders for 1.6-litre Tucson models have been paused indefinitely – with dealers telling CarAdvice order books might not open again until September or October.
Hyundai Australia has advised dealers to switch Tucson buyers to 2.0-litre petrol or turbo-diesel versions of the mid-size SUV instead – vehicles which now carry estimated wait times for new orders of four to five months.
Despite the Tucson's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission being shared across a number of Hyundai (and sister brand Kia) vehicles in Australia, Hyundai says the unidentified fault is exclusive to new-generation Tucson powered by 1.6-litre turbo petrol engines.
Naturally-aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel Tucsons are reportedly unaffected by the delay – with the former on sale now, and the latter due in showrooms in the coming months.
Priced from $43,000 before on-road costs in Elite guise, or $50,000 before on-road costs in Highlander form, the Hyundai Tucson's 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine develops 132kW and 265Nm, using its seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox to drive all four wheels.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for the latest on the 1.6-litre 2022 Hyundai Tucson delay. This story will be updated once more information becomes available.