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Next-gen Hyundai Tucson to bow in Geneva

Visually the Tucson adopts Hyundai's more conservative new design direction

Published: February 18, 2015, 10:55 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:05 PM

2016 Hyundai Tucson - 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai's next-generation Tucson compact CUV/SUV will make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.

It will be built on an all-new platform that is said to enhance it exterior-to-interior dimension ratio, resulting in generous interior dimensions and an exceptional 513 litres of luggage space with all seats up.

2016 Hyundai Tucson - 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Visually it falls in line with the latest Hyundai design direction, which is a bit more conservative than the current model. It features a large, upright, hexagonal grille, more-linear side sculpting a long hood and a shallow greenhouse.

At the rear, an unusual Z-shaped line in the rear quarter panel leads into wide two-piece tail-lamps. Available features include a smart powered tailgate, which opens at the approach of the key-holder, and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with both parallel and perpendicular parking functions.

2016 Hyundai Tucson - 2016 Hyundai Tucson

The interior, which features ample use of soft-touch materials, is said to have undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure ease of use of controls. New convenience features offered with the All-New Tucson include heated and ventilated front seats with longer seat cushions.

New safety features available 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.

In addition, a Lane Keeping Assist System proactively corrects the steering to avoid unintended lane departure, and a Rear Traffic Cross Alert system uses radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle, alerting the driver to any approaching cross-traffic.

The Euro-spec version to be shown in Geneva will offer a choice of two gasoline and three diesel engines. All Tucsons for the European market will be built in Europe – in the Czech Republic – and will go on sale in the second half of this year.

No information has yet been released on North American specifications or availability. Tucsons for this market are currently built in Korea.