Text: Brent Co / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted April 02, 2015 13:40
2016 Hyundai Tucson officially unveiled
Hyundai staged the global debut of the all-new 2016 Tucson crossover at the New York International Auto Show with a fresh new exterior and interior design as well as a host of safety features.
We had an initial preview in February as the Korean automaker released official photos. On the outside, the 2016 Tucson features a bold, sculpted design consistent with its "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" language to form an athletic and striking appearance. Up front it is highlighted by its signature hexagonal-grill flanked with LED twin-projector headlights with LED accents and integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs). A Z-shaped character line above the rear wheels further accentuates its aggressive and sporty profile. The wide rear stance, premium design LED tail lamps and bevel-cut chrome exhaust tips further convey its character.
As previously reported, the Tucson is 65 mm longer and 30 mm wider with a lower roofline. Its wheelbase gets a 30 mm stretch to support the longer body with better handling, and provide a more spacious interior.
The more upscale interior features premium soft-touch materials and an extra-wide instrument panel to enhance the occupants sense of roominess. The switchgear has likewise received a more premium treatment. It now features a new full-length panoramic sunroof for premium variants. The longer wheelbase and larger exterior also allowed engineers to increase interior space as well as cargo room. The 60/40-split rear setbacks can now be reclined up to 37-degrees compared to 28-degrees on the previous model. It also features better aerodynamics more sound dampening for better NVH.
The rear lift gate opening has is now larger for better versatility, as well as a new dual-level rear cargo floor for keeping valuable items out of sight or simply separating wet and dry items. It can now accommodate up to 878 liters of cargo, over 140 liters more than the outgoing model.
Under the hood (for the US market), base models come with the Nu 2.0-liter direct-inject four cylinder rated at 166 PS and 205 Nm mated to a 6-speed automatic with shiftronic manual mode. Eco, Sport and Limited models will come with the updated Gamma 1.6-liter turbo direct-inject four-cylinder engines rated at 177 PS and 265 Nm. The Gamma engine will be mated to a 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch automatic.
For AWD models,the drivetrain features a new all-wheel drive system developed with Magna Powertrain, that comes with a driver-selectable AWD lock for different driving conditions. It also comes with Active Cornering Control to simulate a torque vectoring effect, Hillstart Assist and Downhill Brake Control.
Hyundai promises better driving dynamics with the 2016 Tucson thanks to a wider track and longer wheelbase which also increases ride comfort and linear stability. A combination of advanced high strength steel, improved suspension components with dampers from Sachs, new bushings, along with the new Drive Mode Select contribute to the new crossover’s dynamism and comfort.
It will come with a host of advanced safety technologies such as Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors and standard rearview camera. The body shell features use of high tensile steel and Tailor Welded Blanks for better rigidity, impact absorption and weight reduction.