The South Korean automaker has officially introduced to the public the all-new Tucson compact SUV at the 2015G motor show, offering both traditional versions and 48V hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
The 2016 Tucson, which has featured a generational change as well as a nameplate repositioning (it has reverted to the Tucson name after being labeled as the ix35 in Europe). The design boasts a more premium appearance that seeks to take advantage of the big sales in the C SUV segment with a refined design LED headlights and a chromed hexagonal grille. The new Santa Fe has definitely influenced the exterior styling and the interior is equally posh – it has more soft touch materials than ever, a large touchscreen display and optional heated and ventilated front seats. Practicality is enhanced by the electrically assisted tailgate that allows easy access to the 513-liter trunk and safety has also not been forgotten, with Hyundai offering a string of assistance systems such as lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection.
The engine lineup is starting up with a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter churning out 135 HP (99 kW), mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The turbo version of the aforementioned engine boasts 176 HP (129 kW) and can be had with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The well known 1.7-liter CRDi turbodiesel is also there to deliver 115 HP (85 kW) and the 2-liter can be had in 136 HP & 184 HP variants that can work with the optional 6-speed auto.
Hyundai has also presented in Geneva the 48V Hybrid Tucson which marries the 136 HP diesel to a 14 HP electric motor. A combined output of 150 HP and 413 Nm delivers just 109 g/km of CO2. An even greener option – a plug-in hybrid concept – has also been showcased, using the smaller 115 HP diesel, seven-speed dual-clutch, a rear-mounted 68 HP electric motor to drive the back axle and a 10.7 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Electric range is of 50 kilometers and the combined oomph (183 HP & 474 Nm) only generates 48 g/km of CO2.