Saturday, May 2, 2015
Hyundai Philippines Aims to Return to Compact Crossover Form with All-New Tucson (w/ Specs)
Hyundai is showing off a bolder, more sophisticated, and technologically rich compact crossover in the all-new Tucson. A constant best-seller in its line-up, the all-new 2015 Tucson combines a bold and athletic exterior with a stylish and ergonomic interior. All in all, Hyundai is confident of getting back its leadership in the segment.
The bold and athletic new Tucson is the latest Hyundai product to benefit from the brand’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer describes the Tucson as filled with “refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines, and the brand’s newest signature—the hexagonal grille.” It’s rugged and classy, distinguished by its slanted, square-shaped wheel arches and wedge-shaped lighting fixtures.
Inside, the Tucson promises to be much more voluminous than ever before with a smartly packaged interior that optimizes the vehicle’s exterior-to-interior dimension ratio. The new horizontal dashboard orientation also maximizes space while leading to a highly ergonomic driving experience. The use of non-reflective displays and easy-to-understand cluster indicators communicate a driver-centric experience.
Available in a purely black cabin, the Tucson has premium materials and detailed cabin textures all over. The seats come with power adjustment, heating and cooling functions for the front seats, a power tailgate, and a Smart Key with push-button start-stop. It’s also aiming to be one of the safest offerings in its class with its list of comprehensive safety features such as a full suite of airbags, Hill-start Assist Control, Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), and even an adaptive cruise control system—the first in its class.
The all-new Tucson is promising uncompromising performance thanks to its choice of gasoline and diesel-fed engines. The gasoline variant is powered a 2.0-liter Nu MPI engine with a two-step VIS system developing 155 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the R CRDi with variable geometry turbo packs 186 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic with manual shift override (Shiftronix).
Hyundai is pulling out all the stops to make sure that the Tucson takes the market lead once more. With its bolder exterior, driver-centric interior, and richer set of technology features, this is one compact crossover that’s not only engineered for fun and play, but engineered to lead as well.
The all-new 2015 Hyundai Tucson will be sold beginning middle of this year. More details will be available by then.