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MY18 Hyundai Tucson gets new 2.0L, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

The MY2018 Hyundai Tucson has been announced in Australia, bringing in some technology updates and a revised powertrain.

In terms of the technology side of things, the MY18 Tucson now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard across the four-tier lineup.

The smartphone compatibility is enabled through the SUV’s on-board touch-screen interface, allowing users to use various apps include Google Maps or Apple Maps navigation, along with Siri or Google Voice command for messaging and other hands-free functions.

As for the powertrain upgrade, it’s for the base model 2.0L petrol. It gets the recent GDi Nu engine, which develops 121kW of power and 203Nm of torque, matched to either a manual or automatic transmission. Outputs are up from 114kW and 192Nm from the outgoing version.

This new engine is offered in the base Active, ActiveX, and Elite, all using front-wheel drive. The Elite and Highlander continue to be offered with all-wheel drive options, featuring either a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol or 2.2-litre turbo-diesel.

Hyundai Australia is experiencing plenty of success with the Tucson, as it often sits as the best-seller in the segment on a monthly basis. So far this year (through March), the local arm has sold 5430 examples, giving it second place behind only the Mazda CX-5 (5973).

The MY18 Tucson is on sale now from the following prices (excluding on-roads):

2018 Hyundai Tucson Active 2.0L GDi manual FWD – $28,590
2018 Hyundai Tucson Active 2.0L GDi auto FWD – $31,090

2018 Hyundai Tucson ActiveX 2.0L GDi manual FWD – $31,150
2018 Hyundai Tucson ActiveX 2.0L GDi auto FWD – $33,650

2018 Hyundai Tucson Elite 2.0L GDi auto FWD – $36,250
2018 Hyundai Tucson Elite 1.6T 7spd DCT auto AWD – $39,250
2018 Hyundai Tucson Elite 2.2CRDi auto AWD – $41,250

2018 Hyundai Tucson Highlander 1.6T 7spd DCT auto AWD – $45,450
2018 Hyundai Tucson Highlander 2.2CRDi auto AWD – $47,450

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.