Australians will remember the name Hyundai Tucson as it was the previous name to the ix35, it seems Hyundai is bringing back the Tucson name this year when the new model goes on sale later on this year.
The new Tucson which is set to debut at the Geneva motorshow in March and will go on sale in Australia later on in the year.
The Tucson will offer more space and room than the current ix35 and bring more technology and a new 7 speed DCT transmission and something I will already give them bonus points for is the fact a rear view camera will be standard across the range something I wish more manufacturers would start doing. I’m big fan of current ix35 so I will be very interested to drive it later on this year as it’s shaping up to be a bit of a cracker.
More info on specs and pricing for the Australian line up will be released closer to the release date.
Massive thanks to Hyundai for the info and pics check out all the details below.
The All-New Tucson – Shifting perceptions through bold design and technology
At a glance
- Bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance
- Refined interior combines elegance with ergonomics
- Generous cabin space thanks to efficient packaging
- Convenience and connectivity features are tailored to customer needs
- Comprehensive active and passive safety technologies
- All-New Tucson is a key model for the brand – like the current ix35, it will be Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s second-biggest seller after i30
- Launch set for early third quarter 2015
- 1.6L turbo with 7-speed DCT will replace existing 2.4L petrol
- 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will be retained in AWD and FWD variants
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto planned to debut on All-New Tucson in Australia
- Reversing cameras will feature on all trim grades
- Further specification, model range and pricing details will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch later this year
Hyundai’s latest SUV represents a significant step forward
“Hyundai Motor has high aspirations for the brand in Europe. The All-New Tucson is a bold new car and our brand ambassador that brings to life our claim ‘New Thinking, New Possibilities’. Through great design and advanced technologies, it represents another leap forward for Hyundai in Europe. And, as a total package, it offers customers value beyond expectations,” commented Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe.
New model follows SUV sales success
Since the first Santa Fe went on sale in Europe in 2001, Hyundai Motor has delivered more than one million SUVs to European customers, affirming the company’s credentials in the growing SUV market in Europe. The All-New Tucson will be of high importance to Hyundai’s European business, as the C-SUV segment accounted for 22% of the company’s sales in 2014.
In Australia, the current ix35 model accounted for 17,922 sales in 2014, making it the second-biggest selling Hyundai after the i30.
Bold and athletic exterior creates unique SUV appearance
“Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion, and it is transforming our brand. The All-New Tucson has a bold and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most importantly, our newest generation hexagonal grille – our brand signature,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group.
The All-New Tucson adopts the strong proportions and profile of an SUV, and the design confidently creates a sense of the vehicle being sleek and agile.
The front of the All-New Tucson is dominated by the Hyundai signature hexagonal front grille, which connects with the LED headlamps to create a distinctive identity. A wing-shaped appearance to the front bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights, gives the car a unique style and provides a visual reference for the car’s wide track.
By moving the A-pillar back it becomes visually disconnected from the long bonnet, accentuating the sleek profile. The directional shape of the wheel arches contribute to the agile and dynamic appearance, even at standstill. The expressive ‘Z’ character-line above the rear wheel arches creates a sculptural side profile and a powerful stance. The rear has a clean design with horizontal lines that flow from the rear wheel arches and which are accented by slim tail lights.
Refined interior combines elegance with ergonomics for a sensuous experience
As well as introducing new soft-touch, high-quality materials across the cabin surfaces, the interior has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use and a pleasant and sensuous experience. The modern simplicity of the centre console is underlined by its horizontal orientation, and for the European market there is the option of an elegant Wine Red leather to bring added sophistication to the refined cabin ambience.
Generous space from efficient packaging
The All-New Tucson is built on a completely new platform that endows this C-SUV with generous interior dimensions. Clever packaging means that there is an excellent exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, optimising the space that is afforded to passengers and luggage. Comfortable and airy inside, it also delivers a substantial 513 litres of luggage capacity with all the seats up.
Convenience and connectivity features are tailored to customer needs
New convenience features offered with the All-New Tucson in Europe include heated and ventilated front seats, with longer seating cushions for enhanced support and comfort. A smart powered tailgate (which opens at the approach of the key-holder) and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with parallel and bay parking function increase everyday usability.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia also plans to introduce Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the Tucson range, the first Hyundai to see the technology – this will mean that every new Tucson will be navigation-capable and will use Siri or Google Voice for its interface.
Full Australian vehicle specifications will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date in the third quarter of 2015.
Comprehensive active and passive safety package
The introduction of new technologies means the All-New Tucson is one of the most comprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment when it comes to safety features. In some European models, these include an Autonomous Emergency Braking system – with three operation modes: pedestrian, city and inter-urban – which triggers automatic braking whenever it detects an unsafe closing speed with a person or vehicle in front, from low to high speeds.
In addition, a Lane Keeping Assist System proactively corrects the steering to avoid unintended lane departure, and the Rear Traffic Cross Alert system uses radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle, alerting the driver to any approaching cross-traffic. In addition, the Blind Spot Detection helps monitor traffic around the car, while the Speed Limit Information Function monitors local overhead and roadside speed limit signs and provides reminders. The Active Hood System raises the vehicle’s hood to cushion the impact shock in a frontal collision with a pedestrian or cyclist.
All specifications and features for the Australian Tucson will be revealed closer to the local on-sale date later in the year.
Wide ranging choice of efficient powerplants
The All-New Tucson will be available in the European market with one of the widest powertrain ranges in its class. These include two gasoline engines: 99 kW (1.6-litre GDI) or 130 kW (1.6-litre T-GDI) – plus three diesel options: 85 kW (1.7-litre), 100 kW (2.0-litre standard power) or 135 kW (2.0-litre high power). The new turbocharged 1.6-litre T-GDI engine with130 kW with the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) or a six-speed manual.
All engines have been enhanced to offer improved driveability and fuel efficiency, as well as meeting Euro6 emission standards.
Australia will see the introduction of the 1.6-litre T-GDI engine with 7DCT transmission to replace the current ix35’s 2.4-litre powerplant, while both 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will be retained. Further details on powertrains and model grades will be announced at a later date.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia will source the All-New Tucson from both the European plant in the Czech Republic, and from the Ulsan plant in South Korea. The model grades and specifications for these vehicles will be announced closer to the All-New Tucson’s Australian launch in the third quarter of 2015.
After making its public World Premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the All-New Tucson will go on sale in Europe during the second half of 2015.