UPDATE 1: We just took it out for a spin around Capiz to Caticlan (9/8).
Hyundai has just taken the wraps off the all-new Tucson and they’re hoping to push the envelope with its cutting-edge design and available technology. The third-generation compact crossover represents a significant step forward for the Korean carmaker and aims to be the poster child for the tagline, “New Thinking, New Possibilities”. It’s powered by a wide range of engines and, for the first time, will be made for Europe (at least for the European market).
The Tucson looks like a shrunken, more concentrated form of the Santa Fe. Upfront, it has Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille connecting to the LED headlights. The lower portion of the grille has been given a wing-like shape that extends nicely to the LED daytime running lights. The A-pillar has been moved back and the wheel arches given a more directional shape leading to a much more dynamic appearance. The Z-shaped character line near the back also contributes in giving the Tucson a much more compact yet powerful stance. The rear features a clean design with slim tail lights.
Inside, the Tucson is all about packaging gifting this compact crossover with generous interior dimensions. It’s larger than the model it replaces and shows it off with front seats featuring longer cushions and 513 liters of available luggage space. In addition, it gets a much more upscale look and feel with high-quality materials used throughout. Red Wine leather is an available option. With extensive tests done to improve ergonomics, the Tucson has a simplified center console with its horizontal orientation. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, a smart powered tailgate, and Hyundai’s Smart Parking Assist System that allows it to park automatically in either parallel or perpendicular orientations.
Under the hood, the Tucson is powered by one of the widest range of engines in its class. These include two gasoline engines: 1.6-liter GDI (135 horsepower) and 1.6-liter T-GDI (176 horsepower). These are joined by three lean burning diesel engines: 1.7-liter CRDi (115 horsepower), 2.0-liter CRDi (136 horsepower), and 2.0-liter high-power CRDi (184 horsepower). The 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injection also sees the application of a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. Other models get traditional 6-speed automatics or manual gearboxes.
2015 Hyundai Tucson Key Specs (vs 2014 Hyundai Tucson):
- Length: 4,475 mm (4,410 mm)
- Width: 1,850 mm (1,820 mm)
- Height: 1,645 mm (1,685 mm)
- Wheelbase: 2,670 mm (2,640 mm)