Hyundai have announced the first details of its new crossover Tuscon which will replace the ix35.
As the crossover market is expanding, the South Korean brand are having great SUV sales success. Since the launch of the Santa FE in 2001, more than 116,000 Hyundai Santa FE models have been sold in the UK alone.
The Tucson name was dropped in 2010 at the UK upon the introduction of the ix35. Now, Hyundai are releasing the Tuscon line-up with the third generation compact SUV going on sale in 2016.
The Tuscon is the latest mid-sized SUV in the Hyundai range, which is going to debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. It replaces the current Hyundai ix35 with a new stylish look and more space to take on the Nissan Qashqai and beat its rivals including the Kia Sportage and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Built in Europe
The new Tuscon has been designed and will be built in Europe. It is described as ‘another step forward’ for the Korean firm in this competitive crossover market.
As with other models in the Hyundai range, the Tuscon will be offered with a five-year mileage warranty as standard.
Fresh Exterior Styling
The new Tuscon looks more elegant and stylish than before. It sits on a brand new platform, which is 65millimetres longer, 30 millimetres wider and 15 millimetres lower than the ix35.
With a new shark nose front, sharper lines, shorter overhangs and a sleeker A-pillar angle and plenty of chrome the new Tuscon has a more prestige feel. The rear side of the Tuscon gets boomerang-shaped rear lights to give a recognizable signature. The overall appearance is much more defined and bolder than the outgoing ix35.
Up market Interior
As with the outside, the interior signifies a marked improvement over the ix35 in terms of style, quality of materials and space. The wine red leather featured in pictures will be available as an added option.
The passenger space is improved all-round, but the boot space has been reduced by 75 litres, from 591 litres to 516 litres. However it is still very competitive and class leading compare to its rivals such as 85 litres more space than Nissan Qashqai.
The petrol buyers can choose either 1.6 litre 135PS (Pferdestärke) or 1.6 litre 176PS engine. The diesel engine includes a choice of 115PS (Pferdestärke) 1.7 litre, 136PS 2.0 litre and 184PS 1.7 litre engines.
A 176PS (Pferdestärke) 1.6 litre petrol engine is newly introduced to the range, available in a seven speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual engine.
All the engines meet with EU6 emission standards. Fuel consumption and performance figures will be confirmed closer to launch.
The Tuscon will compete easily with its strong rivals including its sister company car the Kia Sportage, recently updated Honda CR-V, Nissan Qashqai and all-new Renault Kadjar.
The Tuscon will join the UK market this September, with prices expected to be around £17,000 as a basic list price. Hyundai is also planning for a supermini SUV although it has no plans “in the short term” to introduce a rival to the Nissan Juke. Hyundai is also selling the ix25 in Asian markets including China and India, but this model will not be brought to the UK.
Here is Tuscon Design Teaser Video
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