[update] Hyundai has released full details.
Hyundai has released the first official images with the 2016 Tucson set to go on sale in the second half of the year.
The crossover adopts many styling cues from its bigger brother Santa Fe and looks more refined than the model it’s set to replace thanks to a more sculpted body, chrome hexagonal front grille and sleek headlights featuring a high-tech look and benefiting from LED technology just like the daytime running lights.
The interior cabin is also an improvement compared to the previous model as it now looks more premium thanks to upscale soft touch materials and a large touchscreen display. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is packed with buttons on both sides and comes with a chrome trim also noticeable on the door handles. It boasts heated & ventilated front seats and a power tailgate which provides access to a generous 513-liter cargo capacity with the seats up.
In terms of engines, Hyundai will offer the Euro-spec Tucson with a 1.6-liter GDI naturally aspirated motor rated at 135 HP (99 kW) working with a six-speed manual gearbox. There's also a beefier turbocharged version of the engine with 176 HP (129 kW) and this one can be optionally had with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. On the diesel side, Hyundai is providing a 1.7-liter with 115 HP (85 kW) teamed up with a six-speed manual along with a 2.0-liter that can be had with 136 HP (100 KW) or 184 HP (135 kW), with both versions working with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto.
As far as safety and assistance systems are concerned, the all-new Hyundai Tucson comes with Smart Parking Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist System, Rear Traffic Cross Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function and Active Bonnet System which will automatically raise the hood to cushion the impact shock in case of a frontal collision.
Following its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Euro-spec Tucson will go on sale in the second half of the year.
Check out the attached press release for full details.