After it made its global debut during Geneva Motor Show, the new Hyundai Tucson makes first US appearance during New York Auto Show. The new compact crossover, known as the ix35 in Europe, is now ready for a new generation of buyers, targeting younger audience with its sporty design.
Tucson Exterior Design
The front view has a hexagonal-shaped grille, a key element of Hyundai’s design signature, enhanced by available high-efficiency LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The wheelbase has been increased by more than an inch and for the first time, 19-inch alloy wheels will be offered, with a dynamic asymmetrical spoke design, surrounded by forward-raking wheel arch design. The taillights also utilize LED technology.
The new Tucson offers eight appealing exterior colors and three interior color environments. Six of these exterior colors are all-new, including Chromium Silver, Coliseum Gray, Ruby Wine, Mojave Sand, Sedona Sunset and Caribbean Blue. Winter White and Ash Black fill out the diverse eight-color offering.
The interior benefits from extra-wide instrument panel contours, an available full-length panoramic sunroof, soft-touch materials and a cargo room has been increased to 31.0 cubic feet, a full five cubic feet over the previous model.
2016 Tucson powertrain offerings also have been improved with a 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Based on internal tests, fuel economy for the 2.0L FWD model is estimated at 23 (city), 31 (highway), 26 (combined). Eco, Sport and Limited models offer a new, Gamma engine family, 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque delivery starts at only 1,500 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm.
Compact CUV Firsts
The 2016 Tucson offers several compact CUV segment firsts, including ventilated front seats and stain-resistant seats. Newly available features on Tucson include LED headlights and accents, LED Daytime Running Lights, HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) that turn-in with the direction of the steering wheel, LED map lights, color LCD cluster display, individual tire monitoring, power passenger seat and heated rear seats. The new Tucson will offer a standard five-inch color LCD display with rearview camera and touchscreen function for intuitive operation.