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Hyundai Tucson & Santa Fe ’30’ special editions announced

September 2, 2016

Hyundai is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Australia, and the mark the occasion it has released 300 ’30 Special Edition’ versions of the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs.

Hyundai Santa Fe 30 Special Edition

It’s hard to believe the Hyundai brand has been in the country for 30 years already. It feels like only months ago it was a new and upcoming brand. For the special editions, the local team has fine-tuned the handling and suspension for an Australia touch.

For the first time, the Santa Fe is being offered with the company’s 3.3-litre MPi V6 petrol engine producing 199kW and 318Nm. It connected to a six-speed auto with front-wheel drive.

The special is based on the recently-introduced Series II Active, only it adds heated side mirrors, chrome door handles, rear privacy glass, 19-inch dark grey alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitoring, and an exclusive Mineral Blue metallic paintjob. There’s also a smattering of ’30’ badges.

Hyundai Tucson 30 Special Edition-rear

As for the Tucson 30 Special Edition, it comes with the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine option developing 130kW and 265Nm. It’s based on the ActiveX variant, adding matte black 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels, matte side steps, a twin-outlet exhaust, and a sporty rear diffuser. The popular SUV is coated in an exclusive Ash Blue and also comes with special badges.

Just 300 of these special editions will be on offer, as mentioned, with all expected to sell very quickly. They are on sale from the following prices (excluding on-roads):

2016 Hyundai Tucson 30 Special Edition 7spd DCT auto – $37,750
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe 30 Special Edition 6spd auto – $40,790

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.