Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, remarked that the all-new Tucson is provided with a design that delivers a bold and athletic presence, as made possible by its bold proportions, flowing surfaces, sharp lines and the newest generation signature hexagonal grille.
Hyundai designed the all-new Tucson to feature the strong proportions and profile of a sport utility vehicle. Overall, the design of the new Tucson lends a new sense of sleekness and agility. As expected, the front end of the new Tucson is marked by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, as linked to the LED. The front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, has been given a wing-shaped appearance, thereby providing a visual reference for the vehicle’s wide track.
The new Tucson now features a sleeker profile, as accentuated by the A-pillar that has been moved back to become visually disconnected from the long bonnet. The wheel arches are given a new directional shape that lends the Tucson an agile yet dynamic look. Just above the rear wheel arches is the 'Z' character-line that gives the vehicle a sculptural side profile. Featuring a clean design, the rear end of the Tucson is laden with horizontal lines flowing from the rear wheel arches, as accented by slim tail lights.
The interior of the new Tucson makes use of new soft-touch, high-quality materials. Hyundai had the cabin undergo extensive ergonomic testing to ensure superb ease of use. The simple center console features a horizontal orientation. Interestingly, the cabin could be specified in elegant Wine Red leather for a more sophisticated interior atmosphere.
Thanks to a completely new platform, the Tucson benefits from generous interior dimensions. The C-SUV takes advantage of clever packaging to ensure an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, allowing it to offer optimized space for both passengers and their luggage. When all the seats are up, the new Tucson could accommodate up to 513 liters of luggage.
Hyundai is offering the new Tucson with new convenience elements like heated and ventilated front seats that have longer seating cushions for improved levels of comfort and support. Other convenience elements include a smart powered tailgate that opens as the key-holder approaches, as well as Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking function.
The South Korean carmaker ensured that the new Tucson is comprehensively fitted with a lot of safety elements. For instance, the new Tucson comes with an Autonomous Emergency Braking system with three operation modes: pedestrian, city and inter-urban. This system could activate automatic braking once it senses an unsafe closing speed with a person or vehicle in front. The new Tucson is also equipped with Blind Spot Detection that could monitor traffic around the car, as well as a Rear Traffic Cross Alert system that employs radar to sense and alert – if needed -- the driver to any approaching cross-traffic. Also installed in the new Tucson is a Lane Keeping Assist System that proactively rectifies the steering to prevent any unintended lane departure.
Hyundai also endowed the new Tucson with a Speed Limit Information Function that could monitor local overhead and roadside speed limit signs and remind the driver about them. The Tucson features the Active Hood System that could raise the hood – during a frontal collision with a pedestrian or cyclist -- to cushion the impact.
Customers could avail of the all-new Tucson with any of the two gasoline and three diesel engines. The gasoline options include 1.6-liter GDI engine delivering 135 PS and a 1.6-liter T-GDI mill providing 176 PS. For those who prefer diesel engines, take note that the 115 PS 1.7-liter unit, a 136 PS 2.0-liter engine (standard) and 184 PS 2.0-liter mill are available. The new turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI engine could be mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) or a six-speed manual gearbox. All engines have been tuned to deliver better performance and fuel efficiency while complying with Euro6 emission standards.
Amazingly, all Tucson models marked for sale in Europe are built in the region, particularly in the Czech Republic. This production choice represents a key part of Hyundai’s commitment to the region. Every new Hyundai Tucson produced in Europe comes standard with the carmaker’s industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty.
Following its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the new Hyundai Tucson will be sold in Europe in the second half of 2015.