It may not rack up the colossal sales of the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4, but the Hyundai Tucson compact crossover is nonetheless an important model for the brand to fill out its model lineup. The Tucson is coming up on its 10th anniversary in the U.S. The second-generation model debuted for the 2010 model year, and the third-generation model looks like it's right around the corner, based on these spyshots.
Sure enough, we've snagged some shots of what's believed to be the 2015 Tucson (or ix35, if you live in Europe). Although there are no other cars around for size reference, it appears the third-generation model will grow in size, to match the new, larger models from competitors such as the Nissan Rogue, and other rivals that have grown over the years, such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
European models are expected to get a variety of four-cylinder engines, including some diesels. For the U.S. market, expect the GDI 2.0 and 2.4-liter engines to continue, with a particular eye on improving fuel economy. Also expect a more sophisticated version of Hyundai's BlueLink telematics system, with added mobile app functions, and deeper integration with mobile phones. Hyundai was one of the announced partners with Apple's "iOS in the car" initiative, and has also signed on with Google for a higher level of integration with Android devices. We could see the production version of the new Hyundai compact crossover at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show or sooner.