2016 Hyundai Tucson / IX35 gets ready for Geneva debut

Article by Christian A., on February 19, 2015

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.

Press Release

The All-New Tucson – Shifting perceptions through bold design and technology

Bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance
"Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a bold and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille - our brand signature," said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group.

The All-New Tucson adopts the strong proportions and profile of an SUV, and the design confidently creates a sense of the vehicle being sleek and agile.

The front of the All-New Tucson is dominated by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity. A wing-shaped appearance to the front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, gives the car a unique style and provides a visual reference for the car's wide track.

By moving the A-pillar back it becomes visually disconnected from the long bonnet, accentuating the sleek profile. The directional shape of the wheel arches contribute to the agile and dynamic appearance, even at standstill. The expressive 'Z' character-line above the rear wheel arches creates a sculptural side profile and a powerful stance. The rear has a clean design with horizontal lines that flow from the rear wheel arches and which are accented by slim tail lights.

Refined interior combines elegance with ergonomics for a sensuous experience
As well as introducing new soft-touch, high-quality materials across the cabin surfaces, the interior has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use and a pleasant and sensuous experience. The modern simplicity of the centre console is underlined by its horizontal orientation, and there is the option of an elegant Wine Red leather to bring added sophistication to the refined cabin ambience.

Generous space from efficient packaging
The All-New Tucson is built on a completely new platform that endows this C-SUV with generous interior dimensions. Clever packaging means that there is an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, optimising the space that is afforded to passengers and luggage. Comfortable and airy inside, it also delivers a substantial 513 litres of luggage capacity with all the seats up.

Convenience and connectivity features are tailored to customer needs 
New convenience features offered with the All-New Tucson include heated and ventilated front seats, with longer seating cushions for enhanced support and comfort. A smart powered tailgate (which opens at the approach of the key-holder) and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking function increase everyday usability.

Comprehensive active and passive safety package 
The introduction of new technologies means the All-New Tucson is one of the most comprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment when it comes to safety features.

These include an Autonomous Emergency Braking system – with three operation modes: pedestrian, city and inter-urban – which triggers automatic braking whenever it detects an unsafe closing speed with a person or vehicle in front, from low to high speeds.

In addition, a Lane Keeping Assist System proactively corrects the steering to avoid unintended lane departure, and the Rear Traffic Cross Alert system uses radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle, alerting the driver to any approaching cross-traffic. In addition, the Blind Spot Detection helps monitor traffic around the car, while the Speed Limit Information Function monitors local overhead and roadside speed limit signs and provides reminders. The Active Hood System raises the vehicle's hood to cushion the impact shock in a frontal collision with a pedestrian or cyclist.

Wide ranging choice of efficient power plants 
The All-New Tucson will be available with one of the widest powertrain ranges in its class in the European market. These include 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). The new turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI engine with176 PS with the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) or a six-speed manual.

All engines have been enhanced to offer improved driveability and fuel efficiency, as well as meeting Euro6 emission standards.

Every All-New Tucson for Europe will be made in Europe 
Hyundai Motor will manufacture 100% of All-New Tucson models sold in European markets at its facility in the Czech Republic – a key part of its commitment to the region. Hyundai's confidence in its European build quality means that every All-New Tucson will come with the company's industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty as standard.

After making its public World Premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the All-New Tucson will go on sale in Europe during the second half of 2015.

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