The new generation Hyundai Tucson presents a bold new design language for the company and also brings back the Tucson nameplate that was discontinued in favour of ix35.
Ahead of its official public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has pulled wraps of the new generation 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV. The new Tucson represents a leap forward for the South Korean automaker in Europe with the bold new design language derived from the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. Starting with the front fascia, the new SUV gets the signature hexagonal grille up front and a set of LED headlights for a distinctive new look. The front is further dominated with LED DRLs on the bumper.
The side profile gets a sharp profile with the strong receding shoulder line which is further enhanced by the sloping roofline that lends a sleek appearance to the design. The rear profile gets the new i20 inspired wraparound tail lights that manage to fit perfectly on the well-sculpted tailgate. Overall the references from the Santa Fe are evident and certainly look good on the urban SUV. Completing the look are the bold 5-spoke alloy wheels.
On the inside, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson gets all-black interiors that look premium and sporty and its premium appearance is further upped by wine red leather upholstered seats. With a wheelbase of 2670 mm, the Tucson comes loaded with tech wizardry including heated and ventilated front seats, smart powered tailgate, Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) among the usual creature comforts. Safety options on the Hyundai include Autonomous Emergency Braking system, Lane Keeping Assist System, Rear Traffic Cross Alert system, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function and also gets the new Active Hood System that raises the hood to cushion the impact shock in case of a front collision.
Powering the 2016 Hyundai Tucson are a range of engines comprising of two petrol and three diesel units. The 1.6-litre GDI petrol churns out 135 PS and the T-GDI belts out 176 PS. Diesel duty is performed by the 1.7-litre unit while the 2.0-litre unit is available in standard and high power derivatives with power ranging to 115 PS, 136 PS to 184 PS. All the engines meet the Euro 6 standards and come paired to a 6-speed manual transmission while the T-GDI is offered with the new 7-speed DCT auto box.
The new generation Hyundai Tucson will be making its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale during the second half of 2015, it will be produced at the manufacturer’s facility in Czech Republic. The new Tucson will not be making it to India since the automaker already sells the Santa Fe here in the same price bracket, but we do expect to see more of its features trickle down on the Santa Fe in the future. Prices for the Tucson will be announced close to the launch date in Europe.