Hyundai has introduced the all-new Tucson compact crossover during the first press day of the Geneva Motor Show.
Looking far more upscale than its predecessor, the 2016 Tucson aims to take a bigger bite of the high-riding C segment pie with a more refined design, LED headlights and a chrome hexagon grille. Santa Fe influences are easy to notice on the outside while the interior cabin has also been thoroughly revised and comes with more soft touch materials, big touchscreen display and the possibility to order heated and ventilated front seats.
Hyundai hasn’t forgotten about practicality as the new Tucson comes with a power tailgate which opens up to provide access to a generous 513-liter trunk with the rear seats in place. There are numerous safety & assistance systems like lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection, just to name a few.
As far as the engine lineup is concerned, Hyundai will be offering the new Tucson with a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter developing 135 HP (99 kW) teamed up with a 6-speed manual transmission. A turbo version of the same engine pumps out 176 HP (129 kW) and can optionally work with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Hyundai familiar 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel will be available with 115 HP (85 kW) and a six-speed manual whereas the beefier 2.0-liter diesel gets 136 HP & 184 HP and can be coupled to the optional 6-speed auto.
Interestingly, Hyundai is display in Geneva a Tucson 48V Hybrid which is powered by the aforementioned 136 HP diesel working with a six-speed manual and a 14 HP electric motor. It provides a combined output of 150 HP and 413 Nm and emits a more than decent 109 g/km of CO2. The system also encompasses a hybrid starter generator, an inverter, a low-voltage DC/DC converter and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The added hardware increases the Tucson’s weight by 20 kg.
Also showcased at the Swiss auto show is a Tucson plug-in hybrid concept with the 115 HP diesel, seven-speed dual-clutch, a rear-mounted 68 HP electric motor (driving the rear wheels) and a 10.7 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It can run on electric power for up to 50 km and provides a combined output of 183 HP & 474 Nm while emitting less than 48 g/km.