From Hyundai press:
lineup with an all-new entry-level GL model equipped with a powerful yet fuel-efficient 2.0-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine for the 2011 model year. The 2011 Hyundai Tucson GL is available at dealerships now and is only available in Front Wheel Drive (FWD). In addition, the 2011 GLS trim level receives upgraded model content and a premium suspension is now standard on the Limited model. The 2011 Tucson GLS A/T also has a higher 36-month residual value than Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.
The Tucson is the first Hyundai CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) to be designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centers. It features precedent-setting engineering including advanced weight saving technology and two eco-efficient Theta II four-cylinder engines delivering up to 31 mpg on the highway. True to Hyundai form, the Tucson applies life-saving safety technologies as standard equipment while offering Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Hillstart Assist Control (HAC). Likewise, to keep its passengers informed and comfortable Tucson integrates Hyundai’s first available panoramic sunroof, touch-screen navigation and a Bluetooth® hands-free phone system.
The entry-level Tucson GL is equipped with a high output 2.0-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that produces 165 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 146 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. Fuel economy estimates for the Tucson GL Front Wheel Drive model with available six speed automatic transmission are 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The Front Wheel Drive 5-speed manual transmission model gets an estimated 20 city/27 highway. The 2.0-liter Theta-II also offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) (intake and exhaust camshaft phaser). Major improvements include the application of a two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) which enables switching between long and short intake manifolds resulting in an across-the-board performance increase. To reduce internal friction, engineers have applied a Diamond-Like-Coating (DLC) to the top surface of the valve tappets resulting in improved fuel efficiency. Engineers also expended considerable time and effort optimizing the oil pressure to achieve an ideal balance between durability and fuel economy. Tucson GL is available with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®.
Tucson GLS and Limited feature the Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. The Theta II is rated at 176 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque with Federal emissions and 170 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. of torque with California emissions. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features CVVT on both camshafts and a VIS for better engine breathing. In the green states, the 2011 Tucson GLS and Limited models are certified as Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) which means they are as clean as many hybrids. In fact, Tucson GLS and Limited are more fuel-efficient than Honda CRV, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape four-cylinder engines. Tucson GLS and Limited boast an impressive estimated 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway fuel economy rating with the six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Front Wheel Drive. Tucson also features low rolling resistance silica tires to contribute to the 31 mpg highway. With All-Wheel Drive (AWD), Tucson delivers an estimated 21 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway exceeding the primary competitors AWD versions including Subaru Forester.
Key attributes of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy are demonstrated through the Tucson’s flowing lines, full surfaces and muscular presence. This athletic design language is highlighted by bold, dynamic graphic elements such as the new Hyundai family hexagonal front grille, aggressive lower air intake, sculptured hood creases, swept back headlights, sleek greenhouse and wraparound taillights. Chrome grille accents and door handles lend sophistication to the top-of-the-line Tucson Limited.
The Tucson combines dynamic, sculpted, performance-oriented styling with thoughtful everyday utility to create a vehicle that will change the way consumers, especially younger car buyers, think about compact crossovers. With an overall length of 173.2 inches, a width of 71.7 inches and a height of 66.3 inches (with roof rails), Tucson has a great stance and road presence. The design team fused a light, elegant and sporty upper body with belt lines flowing off both the front and rear wheel arches, to a tough, planted lower body so that it is assertive in the way it sits on the road.
The profile of Tucson features a sports car-like theme with a double-zigzag treatment for the wheel arches that wrap around the available Euroflange 18-inch alloy wheels. The concave sills have a wedge-shaped profile that extends rearward and wraps around into the rear bumper, a first of its kind design in a vehicle of this type. The profile is further enhanced by modern silver roof rails.