|Hyundai is premiering the all-new Tuscon at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The Hyundai Tuscon and Santa Fe, which first went on sale in 2001, have contributed some one million SUVs toward the Korean marque’s overall sales in Europe.|
Hyundai Tucson’s bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance
While the new Hyundai Tucson adopts an SUV profile and strong proportions, the design team have worked to ensure a sleek and agile look. The front of the new Tucson is dominated by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, which connects with the LED headlights to create a distinctive face. The front bumper features a wing-shaped appearance, which incorporates the LED DRLs, giving the car a unique style and provides a visual reference to its wide track.
In moving the A-pillar back from its conventional location, it becomes visually disconnected from the long bonnet, accentuating the sleek profile. The directional shape of the wheel arches contribute to the agile and dynamic appearance, even when stationary, while the expressive ‘Z’ character-line above the rear wheel arches creates a sculptured side profile and a powerful stance. From the rear, the C-SUV has a clean design with horizontal lines that flow from the wheel arches and accentuated by ‘slim’ lights.
As well as introducing new soft-touch, high-quality materials across cabin surfaces, the interior of the new Tuscon has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use and a pleasant experience. The modern simplicity of the center console is underlined by its horizontal orientation, and there is an optional ‘Wine Red’ leather to bring further sophistication to the cabin (dependent on market specification).
The new Hyundai Tucson is built on a completely new platform which features generous interior dimensions. Clever packaging ensures an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, optimizing the space that is afforded to passengers and luggage. The boot space of the C-SUV stands at a substantial 513-liter capacity, with all the seats up.
New convenience features offered with the new Hyundai Tucson include heated and ventilated front seats, with longer seating cushions for enhanced support and comfort. A smart powered tailgate (which opens at the approach of the key-holder) and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking function both increase everyday usability.
The new-generation navigation system is more than three times faster than the previous version fitted in other Hyundai variants and comes with a seven-year free subscription to TomTom LIVE services (depending on markets).
The new Hyundai Tucson will be available with one of the widest powertrain ranges in its class. These include two gasoline engines: 135 PS (1.6-liter GDI) or 176 PS (1.6-liter T-GDI), plus three diesel options: 115 PS (1.7-liter), 136 PS (2.0-liter standard power) or 184 PS (2.0-liter high power). The new turbocharged 176 PS 1.6-liter T-GDI engine which is paired with either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) or a six-speed manual.
Where safety features are concerned, the introduction of new technologies ensures that the new Tucson is one of the best equipped vehicles in its segment. These include an Autonomous Emergency Braking system, Lane Keeping Assist System, Rear Traffic Cross Alert system, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information and Active Bonnet System; just to name a few.
Built at Hyundai’s Czech Republic plant, the all-new Tuscon is specially allocated for European markets and is expected to hit dealerships in the second half of the year.