Hyundai has announced the release of the all-new Tuscon SUV, which will replace the ix35. The old ix35 was well-liked, but was starting to feel a little long in the tooth, particularly in terms of styling and refinement.
The Korean brand considers the SUV market to be a lucrative one, and since the launch of the Santa Fe in 2001, more than 116,000 Hyundai SUVs have been sold in the UK alone. We take a look at the most significant details of the Tucson, which must beat the likes of the Kia Sportage and the Volkswagen Tiguan if it intends to be a class-leader.
1. All-new exterior styling
As you’d hope with a new model, the styling is a huge leap forward over the outgoing car. The new model sits on a brand new platform, which is longer, lower and wider than the old ix35.
Borrowing several cues from the new Santa Fe, the front end is dominated by a large hexagonal grille, flanked by wide and angular headlights. The front bumper features an intricate-looking vent design which houses the front fog lights and the LED daytime running lamps.
A small glasshouse along the flanks gives a sturdy appearance, as do the 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Around the rear, the upright boot lid features i20-inspired tail lights, sitting on top of a beefy bumper. The overall appearance is that of a much more chunky and aggressive looking SUV than the outgoing ix35.
2. It’s packed with interior features
As with the outside, the interior signifies a marked improvement over the ix35, not only in style, but in the quality of the materials used. A central screen houses the TomTom satellite navigation and also controls the functions for the infotainment system. As with the i20, the ambience is lifted by the option of different coloured seat materials, such as the rather fetching ‘Wine Red’ leather trim in these photos.
Behind the cabin sits a generous 513-litre boot, while passenger space is more generous than before.
3. Updated engine choices
Hyundai is promising what it claims to be “one of the widest powertrain ranges in its class.” Buyers will be able to take their pick from two petrol and three diesel units, with power outputs ranging from 115hp to a quick-sounding 184hp.
Further details of performance and economy figures are yet to be revealed, but the most frugal option is likely to be 115hp 1.7-litre turbo diesel, and the most potent the 176hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol. The latter will be available with either a six speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
4. It’ll have the latest safety tech
Hyundai believes the Tuscon will be a very safe place to while away the miles, thanks to the inclusion of some of the most up-to-date safety equipment. The Autonomous Emergency Braking System is capable of bringing the car to a sudden halt if it detects a likely collision with another vehicle or pedestrian. Should an incident with a jaywalker be unavoidable, then the Active Bonnet System raises the angle of the bonnet to cushion the impact of anyone unfortunate enough to need it.
Other equipment includes a lane keeping assist system to warn drivers when they veer from their carriageway, and a blind spot detection system should reduce the risk of unwittingly turning in front of any neighbouring motorway traffic.
5. The Tucson will be built in Europe
In a move which Hyundai says marks its commitment to sales success in Europe, the Tuscon will be built at its facility in the Czech Republic. As with other models in the Hyundai range, a five-year warranty will be offered as standard.
The Tucson will make its full debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, with UK sales starting in the second half of 2015.