2016 Hyundai Tucson Headed to Geneva Motor Show
Company Shows Euro-Spec Crossover, American Version Coming to New York
Due to debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, the all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson brings the company’s popular small crossover in line with its current styling themes. Hyundai revealed the crossover in its entirety, showing a much more sculpted Tucson than the current swoopy CUV.
Although the images shown here are of the European-spec Tucson, we can expect our version, due in April at the New York International Auto Show, to look much the same. Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language works well on the Honda CR-V rival, including a large hexagonal grille and headlamps that incorporate LED accents. Clean bodysides eschew the current Tucson’s flared fenders in favor of a strong shoulder line that runs the span between the wheel arches. Large taillights look like they came from the Tucson’s Kia Cadenza corporate cousin, and the rear glass looks like it’s raked very stylishly. The hatch and bumper are well integrated, and liftover height looks very low.
The interior looks great, particularly in the Geneva-bound Tucson’s red and black color scheme. A large, high-mounted screen dominates the center stack with redundant control knobs for the infotainment system mounted below. The screen’s placement should help drivers keep their eyes on the road as much as possible, and we’re glad to see Hyundai included real buttons, rather than controlling everything via touchscreen.
The Euro Tucson will come with a variety of gas and diesel engines, including a 1.6L gas I-4 (naturally aspirated or turbocharged) and diesel engines that displace either 1.7 liters or 2.0 liters. The turbocharged 1.6L gas motor will likely come to the United States paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai says that motor will produce 174 hp. We’d also love to see the high-powered version of the 2.0L diesel, throwing down 181 hp, to come here. The interior image Hyundai provided shows a six-speed manual transmission, but we don’t expect that choice to come to the United States, unfortunately.
As is the case with most modern redesigns, expect the 2016 Tucson to be more efficient, and Hyundai claims it’s more spacious inside in spite of its similar exterior dimensions. Those enhancements, along with Hyundai’s excellent warranty and buying experience, should help the Tucson rejoin its bestselling Japanese and American competition on the Top 10 sales lists.