The new Hyundai Tucson is set to replace the company’s current ix35 SUV later this year, after its official unveiling at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai have used the Tucson name before and it should help the new model which rivals the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V. It will share the same new platform as its sister the new Kia Sportage. This model is European focussed and for local markets it will be built here in Europe.
There will be a wide range of Euro6 compliant engines, two petrol and three diesel to suit all needs, the petrol line-up starts with a 1.6-litre GDI (135 PS) followed by a turbo-charged 1.6-litre T-GDI (176 PS) unit. Both are mated to six-speed manual transmissions with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch system on the higher output engine.
On the diesel front there is the entry level 1.7-litre (115 PS) and two 2.0-litre units with 136 PS or 184 PS. These are available with either a six manual box or on the 2.0-litres engines you can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission.
There will be a choice of 2WD and 4WD drive set ups – but this has to yet be confirmed by Hyundai as has the exact engine specs and line-up.
Tech hints indicate that there will be the availability of LED headlights, a smart powered tailgate that will open on approach, Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking ability and TomTom navigation. Other equipment will include Autonomous Emergency Braking system – with three operation modes: pedestrian, city and inter-urban and Blind Spot Detection with a Rear Traffic Cross Alert system.
Prices have yet to be announced and with stiff competition we would expect the entry level model to cost around £17,000, the same as the current ix35.Published 18 February 2015