Hyundai officially unveils new Tucson

Hyundai has officially unveiled its new Tucson crossover SUV ahead of its public debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March.

Following on from the launch of the popular Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai has sold more than a million SUV models in Europe, and is now looking increase its successes with the new Tucson.

Adopting an SUV profile with strong, muscular proportions, the latest version of the Tucson features a large hexagonal front grille combined with LED headlamps to create a unique and distinctive face.

The wing-shaped front bumpers incorporate LED daytime running lights, while the long bonnet and stretched-back roofline accentuates the Tucson’s tough but sleek exterior appearance.

Dynamic appearance

Flared wheel arches and a sculptured side profile help to complete its dynamic appearance, while the rear is rounded off with horizontal lines that accentuate its slim-line tail lights.

On the inside, the Tucson features new soft-touch materials across each of the cabin’s surfaces, while Hyundai says that it’s undergone extensive ergonomic testing to make it as easy to use as possible.

A horizontally-oriented centre console and optional wine red leather upholstery brings further sophistication to the cabin, while space is optimised thanks to its comfortable, airy design.

At 4,475mm long, the Tucson has plenty of room for passengers, while it even features a 513-litre boot with the rear seats up for substantial luggage capacity.

Convenience features include heated and ventilated front seats, while the Tucson comes with a powered tailgate and parking assist features to increase everyday usability for drivers.

Hyundai has also included a new-generation navigation system, which it says is three times faster than the previous model and includes a seven-year free subscription to TomTom LIVE services.

Safety features include a range of new technology including autonomous emergency braking, which automatically engages the brakes when an obstruction is detected in front of the car.

Other safety kit includes a lane keeping assist system, blind spot detection and even a system which monitors speed limit signs to remind drivers of the speed limit in the current area.

Extensive choice of engines

Coming with one of the most extensive powertrain ranges in its class, the Tucson will be available with a choice of two petrol engines and three diesel options.

Power outputs for the petrols range between 133bhp and 174bhp, while outputs for the diesels range from 113bhp to 182bhp, and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes is available.

Performance and emissions information has yet to be confirmed, but Hyundai says that each engine has been built to offer improved driveability while still meeting frugal Euro6 emissions standards.

Full specifications and prices have yet to be announced, but it’s expected that more will be known when the Tucson makes its official public debut in Geneva next month.