2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Spied and Release Date – A group of Hyundai engineers were caught hot weather testing the all-new Hyundai Tucson SUV in the United States. These are the best photos yet of the brand new model which will also be sold in Europe as the ix35.
The original Hyundai Tucson bowed in 2005 and was followed by the current model in 2010. Now a prototype for the third-generation Tucson, an ix35 for our European readers, has been spotted.
Though heavily camouflaged, we can see that the styling of the new Tucson has been inspired by the look of Hyundai’s latest Santa Fe. A multi-slatted grille sits up front and has likely been joined by clean surfaces for the body and LED elements for the lights.
The current model’s engine lineup, which includes 2.0- and 2.4-liter naturally aspirated units, should carry over with minor improvements. Note, Hyundai has just added a fuel cell option for the current Tucson’s 2015 model year, but it’s not clear if the next-generation Tucson will have this option too. You can read a drive report on the fuel cell-powered Tucson at our sister site Green Car Reports.
The third generation Tucson will make its official debut next year as a 2016 MY vehicle. An all-new design language is clearly peaking from under the camouflage of the spied prototype, made even more obvious by the older mode that’s accompanying the convoy. A new type of grille design is being showcased, similar to the one on the new Sonata and Genesis sedans. Tapered headlights with lots of LED accents flank this new grille and give the compact SUV a wider look.
As we’ve come to expect from Hyundai, the design of the vehicle is far more aggressive than any used by a German automaker. Around the back, we were lucky enough to see the Tucson with its rear cargo area uncovered. The taillights are large and have a 3D effect, bulging out of the bodywork for a more futuristic design.
For the American market, the new SUV will probably get carryover engines. They will include the 2.0-liter GDI DOHC and the larger 2.4-liter inline-four with somewhere just over 180 hp. There’s talk that Hyundai could also see a performance version launched with a turbo engine producing over 200 hp, most likely the 2-liter with 245 hp borrowed from the top-spec 2015 Sonata.
Could the 2016 Tucson Get a Diesel?
With the last generation A3 hatchback, Audi registered a huge surge in TDI clean diesel sales, spurring a few other automakers to consider diesel engines for America. Mazda’s 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D was supposed to be offered on the CX-5 SUV already, but has been delayed due to the lack of power that would affect the model’s image. While Hyundai is making the Tucson run using a hydrogen fuel cell, the first diesel version could be coming to America as well. Another alternative would be to offer a hybrid powertrain, like the one on the 2014 Sanata.
2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV Spied and Release Date
The third-generation Tucson is expected to go on sale sometime next year, as a 2016 model. A debut could take place at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the same event where the current Tucson made its debut five years ago.
source : motorauthority.com | autoevolution.com