Hyundai teases design of new Tucson SUV

Hyundai has revealed the first official hints about the design of its all-new Tucson compact SUV, which is due to premiere in Geneva early next month.

Designed as a replacement for the current ix35 model, which is due to go out of production later in the summer, the Tucson is expected to go on sale by the end of 2015 or early next year.

The original Tucson was introduced by Hyundai in 2004 before being phased out in 2010 and replaced with the ix35, but now the company is planning on bringing the name back.

Big step forward

Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s president and chief design officer, said: ““Our new compact SUV will be a big step forward for the Hyundai brand globally.

“The all-new Tucson has a bold and athletic presence and a proud stance. Its design is characterised by flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and, most important, our brand signature hexagonal grille.”

Strong and sporty, the new Tucson’s design will be characterised by an upright silhouette and a sleek character line, while on the front it sports the same distinctive grille as the rest of Hyundai’s range.

Genesis luxury saloon

The latest model in Hyundai’s new model offensive, the Tucson follows the news that the second-generation Genesis luxury saloon will go on sale in April, priced from £47,995.

Featuring a refined and sophisticated exterior, designed in accordance with Hyundai’s philosophy of clean, strong lines, the new Genesis also comes with the same large central grille design.

It also features a wide range of luxury kit and comes powered by a 3.8-litre V6 engine, linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and rear-wheel drive for a powerful but composed drive.

The new Genesis comes outfitted with a wide range of intuitive and cutting-edge technology as well, including an advanced eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and smart cruise control.

Automatic emergency braking also features, along with the world’s first-ever CO2 cabin sensor to monitor the interior environment and protect drivers from potential drowsiness behind the wheel.

On the outside, the Genesis is also equipped with four cameras for a full 360-degree view around the car, while it also come with a rear cross traffic alert system and blind spot detection technology.

As well as that, the Genesis also features a heads-up display system, which beams driver information directly into the driver’s line of sight, plus bi-xenon headlights with automatic high-beams.

The all-new Hyundai Genesis will be available to buy in UK dealerships from April, while the Tucson compact SUV will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 3rd March.