A completely redesigned version of the Hyundai Tucson crossover has been revealed before its official debut in Geneva with new styling, new powertrains, and a completely overhauled interior. Though this model is the European-spec version, we can expect the U.S. car to be similar given the overlap between the current European ix35 and American Tucson crossovers.
The new compact crossover, which will be called Tucson in Europe from now on, adopts Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture styling language, with much more athletic and flowing proportions than the current Tucson that debuted in 2009. Hyundai’s corporate hexagonal grille is displayed prominently up front, flanked by swept-back LED headlights that lead to a prominent character line along the sides. The rear taillights remind us of those on the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan, and the blacked-out trim around the wheel wells lends the crossover a slightly more rugged look.
Hyundai says the 2016 Tucson rides on a completely new platform, providing increased interior space despite a similar exterior footprint. The interior itself looks much more upscale than before, with a clean dashboard layout that looks much like the Hyundai Sonata sedan’s interior. Hyundai is also moving the Tucson upscale with newly available features like ventilated front seats, active safety features, and a power tailgate.
Powertrains for the European version include 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinders, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged, along with 1.7-liter and 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinders. The 1.6-liter gasoline turbo pairs with the company’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission featured in the Hyundai Sonata Eco, and we expect this powertrain to make its way to the U.S. version as well. Both front- and all-wheel drive will be offered, and the U.S. version is also likely to offer a naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired with a traditional automatic transmission.
After the European-market 2016 Hyundai Tucson debuts in Geneva next month, the crossover for our market will first appear at the 2015 New York auto show in April.