One of the best-sellers from South Korea, 2016 Hyundai Tucson was recently revealed with an all-new, third generation styling at Geneva Auto Show. It still looks handsome, but eye appeal has been brought to a new level. This promises even better sales for Hyundai‘s compact crossover.
Under the Hood
For now, we know European model’s specifications, but it shouldn’t be too hard to pinpoint future U.S. market specs as well. 2.0L 4-cylinder engine should be the base option. It is supposed to deliver 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, while its transmission will be 6-speed automatic. On the other hand, old 2.4L unit is replaced with downsized turbo four with 1.6L displacement. This, optional engine makes 174 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and gets all-new 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
|Type||2.0-liter;direct-injected four-cylinder||1.6-liter turbocharged;direct-injected four-cylinder|
|Output||164 HP||175 HP|
|Torque||151 LB-FT||195 LB-FT @ 1.500-4.500 RPM|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT)|
Needless to say, all models can be ordered with either front or optional all-wheel drive. And, one final thing; it seems that Koreans also plan on introducing the performance version of the crossover which should get a special version of the mentioned 1.6L turbo four engine with more than 200 horses.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
It has to be said that those grille stripes really suit Hyindai’s. Hexagonal shape is another thing, and headlights, together with busy bumper finish the picture. There’s a slightly awkward detail to it, however. Four awkward details, actually. Fenders feature dual arches which contrast one another. Asymmetric plastic and chassis built-in arches actually make 2016 Hyundai Tucson bigger than it is, at least visually. Rest of the car is pretty much straightforward with rear end finishing in an expected style.
Interior is more classy than before, no doubt about it. It will, however, be furbished with the same materials which range from basic cloth and plastic, to top-tier leather and metallic accents. This time, you even get to choose different colored seats which come with additional contrasting door inserts. Flat-top dash gets a horizontally separated instrument panel with 5-inch color touch screen display at the top, and climate and other controls at the bottom.
Most of tech features are being carried over, and 2016 Hyundai Tucson will basically remain the same vehicle, tech-wise. This includes Apple Siri eyes free integration, navigation with optional 8-inch touch screen display and 8-speaker, 405-watt audio system. Safety options include, apart from all mandatory ones, a rearview camera, forward-collision alerts, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings and rear parking sensors.
2016 Hyundai Tucson Price and MPG
Base engine is supposed to be rated at 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for a fine 26 mpg combined. On the other hand, new turbo four is reporting the figures of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for 29 mpg combined. All of these are front-wheel drive figures, while all-wheel drive is supposed to lower the ratings by at least a point. Finally, prices shouldn’t budge that much and all Tucsons should go for between $22,000 and $27,000 with base engine and front-wheel drive.
2016 Hyundai Tucson looks slightly better than before, both on the inside and on the outside. It also boasts better fuel efficiency which is such an important feature in its niche these days. With all this in mind, expect it to offer better resistance to its competitors in the future.