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17 February 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Hyundai has unveiled its new Tuscon crossover ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.
It will go on sale during the second half of the year, powered by a choice of three diesel models (a 1.7-litre 115hp engine and 136hp or 184hp 2.0-litre units) and two petrol engines (135hp or 176hp 1.6-litre petrol units). Efficiency figures have not been released, but Hyundai said all engines have been "enhanced to offer improved drivability and fuel efficiency" and are Euro 6-compliant.
Hyundai said the Tucson, which replaces the ix35 in the line-up, is built on a new platform which allows passenger and luggage space to be optimised. The Korean car maker claimed it can hold 513 litres of luggage with seats up.
Technology-wise, the Tuscon is fitted with a powered tailgate, that can be opened as the key holder approaches the car. It also gets Smart Parking Assist System, which assists with bay and parallel parking.
The Tuscon is fitted with a raft of safety features as standard, including an autonomous emergency braking system with three operation modes - pedestrian, city and inner-city - which triggers automatic braking whenever the system detects unsafe closing speeds, lane keeping assist and a rear traffic cross alert which uses radar systems to alert the driver to approaching cross-traffic.
It is also fitted with a navigation unit that Hyundai claimed is three times faster than versions fitted in its other models. The unit comes with a seven-year free subscription to the TomTom Live service.
"The all-new Tucson is a bold new car that represents another leap forward for Hyundai," said Hyundai UK boss Tony Whitehorn. "With a fantastic design and advanced technologies, it makes a strong statement about where the Hyundai brand is heading and provides a highly competitive vehicle in the important C-SUV segment."