Following an early preview via this lovely rendering, the all-new Hyundai Tucson now shows itself in full glory before it hits the Geneva Motor Show for a formal introduction. Compared to the existing model, the new crossover features a more grown-up design inspired in no small part by the Santa Fe.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson, or ix35, is one of the Korean’s firms best-selling model, and indeed one of the most successful C-segment models in the world. So they wanted to make sure the changes are design are calculated, so it wont’ scare off the established customer base who are attracted to the Tucson because they want something mildly sporty but understated and discreet.
So the designer went for a tried and tested look that has already proved it works on the latest Santa Fe. As such, the new Hyundai Tucson gets the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, distinctive LED headlights, wing-shaped front bumper, long bonnet, the expressive ‘Z’ character-line above the rear wheel arches, and slim taillights.
Interior changes are more subtle and aimed at improving the ergonomics. There is a new ‘Wine Red’ leather option which Hyundai says make the whole thing look more sophisticated. The cabin is still fairly practical, offering 513 litres of luggage capacity with all the seats up. As is the case with all Hyundais these days, the new Tucson is very well-equipped, boasting features like heated and ventilated front seats, smart powered tailgate, Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking function, Blind Spot detection and…
Engine-wise, the new Hyundai Tucson will be launched with two gasoline engines: 135 PS (1.6-litre GDI) or 176 PS (1.6-litre T-GDI) – plus three diesel options: 115 PS (1.7-litre), 136 PS (2.0-litre standard power) or 184 PS (2.0-litre high power). Transmission options include a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) and a six-speed manual.