Hyundai Motor Co. is introducing a turbocharged MY2016 Tucson small crossover just made for the United States. The redesigned Tucson now features the trapezoidal grille seen on the Genesis luxury car and Sonata sedan. The 2016 Tucson features a number of distinctive design touches like asymmetrical wheel arches for a rugged look.
The US-bound Tucson (base SE trim) will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, delivering an estimated 26 mpg in combined city and highway driving. This improvement was a result of the aerodynamic changes to the A-pillar, rear spoiler and underbody.
All three of the 2016 Tucson’s higher trim levels -- Eco, Sport and Limited -- will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and provides 175hp of output and 195 pounds-feet of torque. The engine delivers an estimated 29 mpg combined city and highway driving for the Eco trim and 27 mpg combined for the Sport and Limited trims.
All trim levels could be upgraded to all-wheel drive, which was developed in cooperation with supplier Magna International Inc., although such move could reduce the mpg number by 2 to 3 mpg. Hyundai’s US dealers are expecting to receive their larger allocation of Tucson this July.
The increased allocation should allow Hyundai to capture a larger chunk of the US compact crossover market, which surged 15 percent in 2014 to 2.3 million units.
During the year, Hyundai sold 47,306 Tucsons for a 2 percent share of the segment. The MY2016 Tucson boasts of a number of driver-assist features -- like lane-departure warning; blind-spot monitoring; and an automatic-braking system that could detect both cars and pedestrians.
According to the South Korean carmaker, the MY2016 Tucson should earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which Hyundai sees a passing grade small-overlap crash test. The My2016 Tucson offers a standard 5-inch touch screen for the backup camera and infotainment system located at its center console.
Buyers could upgrade their system with an 8-inch display. Both the standard and upgraded versions will come with Siri Eyes Free voice recognition and built-in apps for Pandora streaming music and Yelp business search. The new Tucson will also feature latest version of Hyundai’s Blue Link. [source: Hyundai]