Hyundai’s compact SUV vehicle has been photographed by our spies yet again, this time wearing a thinner armor of camouflage while undergoing testing procedures in the Southern part of Europe.
The model, which was first revealed to the public back in 2004 under the Tucson (after, the town in Arizona, US) name, has already written in history two generations. The second was revealed back in 2009, so it’s high time the South Korean automaker presented the third – the very competitive SUV and crossover segment has reshaped the calendar of product introductions.
Our latest batch of spy shots show the SUV with the heavy front camouflage removed, although the checkered pattern has been kept to disguise the new design lines. The leaks and rumors will only grow as we approach the new generation’s launch date, slotted for the autumn of 2015, with the model featured as a 2016 model year.
The reports surrounding it so far say the third Tucson/ix35 will not be a radical departure from the current model, especially as the compact SUV has proven very successful. The engines will also be carried over without major modifications – only enhanced for better all-round performance and mileage. Gasoline powertrains are expected to range in between 140 and 170 hp, diesel options could vary between 116 and 184 hp and we’re sure to see a reoccurrence of the fuel cell version as well.