2010 Hyundai Tucson caught at the parking place
The current Hyundai Tucson SUV represents Hyundais entry into crossover vehicle market, is known as a world-wide success. It has become a familiar component of the Hyundai range and ever since its official launch in 2004, the Tucson has been among top 5 selling Hyundai vehicles worldwide.
After a very long wait, we finally have an evidence that Hyundai is seriously developing a Tucson CUV successor. Here we have the very first image of the next generation Tucson, which was caught sitting at the parking place near Hyundais research and development center in S. Korea. First prototypes of the 2010 Tucson were already seen in the Death Valley in USA, where Tucson has been undergoing some hot-weather and endurance testing.
The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is being developed on Hyundais compact architecture, which will also spawn next generation Kia Sportage crossover. Heavily camouflaged exterior does not allow us to see much of its exterior design, but the new model will feature cleaner design language and a sportier cues than its predecessor.
To keep up with competitors such as Ford Kuga and Renault Koleos, Hyundai plans to put a wide range of technologiclaly advanced gasoline and diesel engines under the Tucsons bonnet. The currently available V6 gasoline engine will be axed in favor to more fuel efficient 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. New to the Tucson will be the turbocharged 2,0L gasoline engine, packing around 200 horsepower, while a hybrid option is rumoured to be available as well.
No details about exact release date has been revealed so far, but we are expecting the all-new Hyundai Tucson to be launched in late 2009, as a 2010 model.