Hyundai is celebrating 30 years in Australia, releasing a pair of special edition SUVs to commemorate the occasion.
Both the Tuscon 30 and Santa Fe 30 come with special features, and unique styling and equipment touches.
The current Hyundai range is a world apart from the cheap and cheerful Excel that launched the brand into Australia. Then priced from $9,990, the Excel was among the cheapest of small cars, but acquired a dubious reputation.
But since that 1986 introduction, the Hyundai brand has become a storming success with highly respected durable products, quality interiors and robust drivetrains. This year, 2016, it sits at a solid third place on Australia's new car sales charts.
"We wanted to do something special to commemorate Hyundai's 30 proud years in Australia and I'm happy to say we've achieved that with our unique Tucson '30' and Santa Fe '30' Special Editions," Hyundai Motor Company Australia COO, Scott Grant said.
"These limited-edition versions of our standout Medium and Large SUV contenders really live up to their '30' Special Edition status. They combine real-value, unique looks, features and enhanced performance. I honestly expect they'll sell quickly," he said.
The Tucson 30 is based on the Tucson ActiveX model but adds unique 'Ash Blue' paint, matte black 19-inch Rays alloy wheels, matte grey side steps, a sports-styled rear diffuser, and an integrated twin-outlet muffler as well as unique ‘30’ badging.
Power comes from Hyundai’s turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol four cylinder engine, rated at 130kW and 265Nm, paired with all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic - a step-up from the Tucson ActiveX’s usual 121kW and 203Nm 2.0-litre engine and front-wheel-drive.
For the Santa Fe 30 the biggest change is the addition of a 3.3 litre petrol V6 producing 199kW and 318Nm, in place of the usual 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It also features a six speed automatic and all-wheel-drive.
The rest of the Santa Fe 30 upgrades have been applied to the entry-level Santa Fe Active model and include unique Mineral Blue paint, chrome door handles, rear privacy glass, tyre pressure monitoring, dual-zone climate control, leather appointed interior, and dark grey 19-inch alloy wheels, plus ‘30’ badging.
Tucson 30 Special Edition: $37,750 plus on-roads ($4100 more than a regular automatic Tucson ActiveX)
Santa Fe 30 Special Edition: $40,790 plus on-roads ($1060 cheaper than a regular Santa Fe petrol automatic).
Both limited editions are capped at 300 vehicles each.
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