Official images of the Hyundai 2016 Tucson have been unleashed. The car borrows looks from Santa Fe and boasts even more refinement. Santa Fe was immensely successful. Hyundai has had sales of more than one million since Santa Fe was launched in 2001. This reinforced the company’s influence in the SUV segment. Now Tucson is here, to bring even more success to the automaker. The car will make a debut at Geneva Motor Show on 3rd March. But the first look and specs have already been revealed by company. Tucson will also be seen at New York Auto Show in April. It will hit the showrooms in the second half of 2015.
According to Tony Whitehorn, the president & CEO at Hyundai Motor UK, this new model is a bold car and is another leap forward for the company. It is blessed with advanced technology and incredible design. This vehicle would be a strong contender in the C-SUV segment.
The body of Tucson looks more sculpted. The most prominent feature in the exterior is the chrome hexagonal front grille. The headlights bear a look that is high-tech and sleek as well. The LED daytime running lights give the car a distinct look. The front bumper bears a wing-shaped appearance. The wheel arches have a directional shape, thus making the car appear dynamic and agile at the same time. The Z character line, that is present above the rear wheel, makes the side profile quite impressive. Horizontal lines can be seen in the rear and slim tail lights further add to the smart appearance. The taillights resemble those of the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan. The blacked-out trim, that is present around the wheel wells, give a robust look to the car.
The interior has been significantly improved over its predecessor. The refined cabin blends ergonomics with luxury. The dash board layout looks somewhat similar to that of the Hyundai Sonata sedan. The seats are covered in upscale soft touch materials. The front seats are ventilated and heated, thus providing utmost comfort. The seats have longer seating cushions so as to provide passengers with the best support and comfort.
The ingenious packaging by the company has made possible a near perfect exterior-to-interior dimension ratio. They have thus optimized the space available to the passengers and luggage. When the rear seats are lifted up, passengers can access the 513 liter cargo capacity via the power tailgate. The steering wheel is wrapped in fine leather and is flanked by buttons on both sides.
The car comes equipped with facilities that ensure safety and driver assistance of the highest order. Other than generous cabin space the interior has a host of convenience and connectivity features. Tucson is equipped with a classy navigation system that is more than three times faster as compared to the previous version that was present on other Hyundai models. It features New Navigation along with TomTom Live Services.
Customers can enjoy a seven year free subscription. The centre console is simple in design and modern as well. Customers have the option of ‘Wine Red’ leather if they want a more luxurious touch to the car. The Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) comes with parallel as well as bay parking functions. Autonomous Emergency Braking system has three operation modes, namely – pedestrian, inter-urban and city. Such a system will trigger automatic braking if it detects an unsafe closing speed with another vehicle or person is present in front of the car. Rear Traffic Cross Alert system makes use of radar for scanning a 180-degree area present behind the vehicle. It alerts the driver about any approaching cross-traffic. Lane Keeping Assist System is responsible for correcting the steering. This helps avert unintended lane departure. Speed Limit Information Function monitors the roadside speed limit and local overhead signs and provides reminders as well. Blind Spot Detection will help the driver monitor traffic present around the car. The Active Bonnet System will raise the car’s bonnet to absorb any shock that results from frontal collision with a cyclist or pedestrian.
The car is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI that is naturally aspirated. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and churns out 135 HP. Customers who want better performance can opt for the turbocharged version of the engine that gives 176 HP. Optionally, this version is available with seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Coming to the diesel engines, the company offers a 1.7-liter engine that generates 115 HP. The power is channeled to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. Another option is the 2.0-liter version. When accompanied by six-speed manual the output is 136 HP. It is 184 HP when used with a six-speed auto.
As President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group – Peter Schreyer reported to the media, the design of Tucson is an expression of the carmaker’s passion and spirit. This car will transform their brand and this new model has athletic looks. Such improvement has been possible with the fine bold proportions, flowing & refined surfaces and of course Hyundai’s newest generation hexagonal grille which is brand signature of the company.
In 2014, the segment C-SUV accounted for 20.5% of Hyundai’s total sales. The all-new Tucson would therefore be significant for the company’s success. All the models will be manufactured at Hyundai’s facility located in the Czech Republic. On all the Tucson models, the company shall provide Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty- present as standard.