2010 Hyundai Tucson Spied

16/12/2008 - 23:47 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Harish Kumar

Well you might be thinking that the Honda CRV or the Chevrolet Captiva would make the obvious choice to satisfy your urban SUV job while the Endeavour and Pajero do well to do off-road duties. But we are forgetting the point. People in India seldom use their car for off-roading and that's the reason why the car-like CRV and Captiva manage to sell so well.

The Hyundai Teraccan was here for a while and didn't quite manage to steal the show nor it's drivers' hearts and the case is more or less the same with the Hyundai Tucson as well.

The Tuscon came with a good 2.0 CRDi engine and decent specifications, comfort and a good price. Still, people might just want that extra bit more from a badge that doesn't quite offer as much as a Honda does.

To make matters worse, the Outlander is here as well. This is the reason why Hyundai was planning to discontinue the Tuscon from the Indian market. So, it is vital for Hyundai to make its cars very exciting and the new Tuscon and Sonata/i40 need to be just that.

The new Tuscon, as seen from these spy shots does offer a lot more than the outgoing model. The window line is i10 like with a kink at the rear and the rear pillar is reversed like the ones on the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Swift.

The overall styling is a couple of notches up with sloping roofline and huge sweptback headlamps making a style statement. The Tuscon has got a new identity and is sure to make more than a mark on any buyer's mind. The new car will carry a crossover look rather than a full on SUV and expect it to score high on the desirability quotient.

The interiors look much better and we see some style accents from the lower i10 and the i20 but it looks much better nonetheless.It is expected late next year and Hyundai is planning to shift to a 4-cylinder engine-only lineup and ditch the V6 engines.

Expect the same 2.0 CRDi from the Elantra, but with Hyundai's new gen diesel motors, this engine could make as much as 200bhp! Also expected is a Petrol-Electric hybrid and a 2.4l petrol 'Theta' engine. A new six-speed automatic transmission is expected to come as standard.

Source : Motor Authority

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