The Tucson is the smallest of all Hyundai’s sport utility vehicles. Nevertheless it is one of the most popular models. With the 2016 Hyundai Tucson release the Korean car maker is aiming to make this crossover SUV more competitive, putting it in the range with such market’s leaders as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The new car, which represents the third generation of the model, will be easier in handling, showing better economy and more interior room. Besides, it is going to be sold on all markets of the world. So the nameplate will be the same for all the countries.
The crossover’s appearance is designed in the common style of the Hyundai SUV line-up. The Tucson’s sportiveness and power are emphasized by a solid hexagonal grill which harmoniously blends with horizontally stretched headlights. According to modern technologies, the lighting system is equipped with LED lamps. The multilevel striking front bumper has got new integrated foglights as well as a wide air intake. The body’s sides visually make the Tucson sturdy and powerful. Improving the proportions of the bodywork the Hyundai engineers have somewhat enlarged the front and rear overhangs. This has made the wheelbase longer and added more space inside.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson release will include four trims. These are SE (base version), Sport, Eco and Lmited. The Sport and Eco will come with different engines and additional elements. As far as the Limited, it can be considered as a luxury model having first-class upholstery, advanced technologies, cooling and heating system and a sunroof.
Alongside with the exterior the cabin of the new Tucson has also received a more respectable look. More quality and expensive materials are used in the décor. The seats are upholstered with natural leather, which has different colors depending on the trim. a lot of features can make the driver and passengers more comfortable. The new console has got digital solution. The multimedia system is equipped with a sensor display. The safety set includes new navigation system Tom-Tom, Parking Assist, Blind Spot Control, ABS and others.
Engines and transmission
At the 2016 Hyundai Tucson release the developers have offered several engine variants. The SE base version will be equipped with a 2.0-liter V4 engine producing 164 hp and paired with 6-speed automatic making driving more vivid. As far as the top trims, they have received a 1.6-liter V4 engine. Reinforced with a turbocharger it can deliver 175 hp. It is matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch. However, according to experts, this drivetrain has a somewhat slow response in all the driving modes.