According to Hyundai South Africa, more than 7 500 third-generation Tucsons were sold in the 13 months since its local launch in 2016 – claiming a 16.5% share in its segment.

And to them that is reason enough for celebration and one of several good reasons to put a body kit on this popular SUV, as well as four big black alloy wheels and a pair of exhaust pipes to create the Tucson Sport.

Officially, on the specification sheet, this seventh derivative of Hyundai’s popular SUV is known as the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDI Executive Sport, which means it is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine that delivers 150kW and 295Nm torque. It boasts the Executive level of features found in other derivatives in the range.

Making it bolder

The 19” black alloy wheels with its low-profile tyres have been designed to aid driving dynamics and are exclusive to this model. Hyundai SA says that “nobody can buy them off the shelf to fit to their own car”.

The 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine is linked to a six-speed manual gearbox to get the power and torque to the road through the front-wheel drive system.

Standard features of the Tucson Sport include an 8” screen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone linking and music streaming, as well as a CD player, USB and AUX music input and a several settings for FM and AM radio reception. It also displays a rear view from the park assist camera when reversing the vehicle.

Additional convenience features include cruise control, rain sensors for the automatic windscreen wipers, an automatic air-conditioning system, electrically adjusted leather seats and multifunction controls on the steering wheel.

Among the safety features in the Tucson Sport are an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), an Advanced Brake System (ABS) to prevent the brakes from locking up in an emergency stop, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and a full set of driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags.

Priced from R499 900, the Tucson Sport comes standard with Hyundai’s seven-year or 200 000km warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 150 000km, and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km.