With the introduction of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, which will have its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, Hyundai has successfully brought the old model name back. It follows the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, and looks like a substantial upgrade from the current ix35.
Take a look to see how the new Tucson fares against the outgoing Hyundai ix35 in this pictorial.
Up front, the radiator grille is a single unit - comparable in size, and similar to that seen on the Santa Fe. The headlamps (which are now LED units) have grown larger, the bumper has more sculpted elements while the dual-tone theme continues around the body.
The increase in length and wheelbase lends the Tucson a more balanced stance. The character lines also make for a more interesting appearance than the ix35. At the rear, the windscreen is more rounded, the taillamps are larger, and the bumper is set higher than before.
On the inside, a 3-spoke steering wheel replaces the old 4-spoke unit. Given how Hyundai ups its ante with each model, especially on the inside and with features, the Tucson is no different. Hyundai has also added features like autonomous braking, lane keeping assist, active bonnet, etc.
The Tucson measures 4,475 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width, and 1,645 mm in height. It will be available in two petrol and two diesel engine options. The petrol line up comprises a 1.6-litre GDI unit that makes 135 PS, and a turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI that offers 176 PS.
Diesels, on the other hand, are a 1.7-litre unit that makes 115 PS, and a larger 2.0-litre engine that is available in two states of tune: 136 PS and 186 PS. All engines will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission, while a 7-speed DCT automatic will be offered as an option on the more powerful petrol and diesel units.