US-Specs Hyundai Tucson 2016 Model Launched In New York
Hyundai look to have another hit on their hands, as they unveiled the third-generation Tucson 2016 crossover at the New York Auto Show.
The sleek new look is great, as is the improved fuel economy and advanced safety technologies.
No-one would ever have described previous Tucson models as aggressive looking, but they may have to change their tune with this one.
The hexagonal signature grille that is a feature on all new Hyundai models is there, as are sharp lines that are in stark contrast to the curvier lines sported by the older models. The serious face of the vehicle is highlighted by the twin projector LED lights up front.
The new Tucson 2016 has a slightly longer and wider wheelbase, as well as some great looking 19-inch alloy wheels that have a pronounced asymmetrical design.
Around back, you’ll find twin bevel-cut exhaust tips and a rear spoiler.
This is a design that finally allows the Hyundai Tucson to develop a cool exterior.
The great new looks are carried over to the inside of the vehicle, where the instrument panel is wrapped in leather, and the contours make for a more spacious cabin.
The new look might well make drivers take a sportier approach to their driving, which is why Hyundai have added a leather-stitched pad to the side of the center console to protect the knee of the driver.
All of the touch points now have a premium feel, with soft-touch materials used throughout. The cabin space has been upped to 31 cubic feet, which is 5 cubic feet more than the outgoing model.
Eight exterior colors will be available on the 2016 Hyundai Tucson from the beginning, but Hyundai may introduce several more paint shades later in the year.
US-Market Tucson Engine Range
There are a pair of engines available in the new Hyundai Tucson, both of which place the emphasis on fuel efficiency.
The 2.0-liter 4 cylinder with direct injection delivers 164-horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic that offers manual shifting mode.
The fuel economy claims for this set-up comes in at a strong 26 mpg combined.
The second of the two engines, which is on offer in the Eco, Sport, and Limited models, is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo unit with gasoline direct injection technology.
The power here is delivered to a first in segment 7-speed dual clutch that cranks out 175-hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
The fuel economy here is listed as 29 mpg combined, which is 5 mpg better than the outgoing 2.4-liter turbo engine.
2016 Tucson Can Be AWD Or FWD
If you live in an area that has some challenging weather conditions, you may want to consider the all-wheel drive system developed by Magna Powertrain.
You will find Active Cornering Control in this system, which allows torque to be automatically transferred to the wheels with the most traction.
You will also find hill start assist and downhill brake control included, both of which are handy when tackling inclines in less than perfect road conditions.
The extending of the wheelbase, combined with the use of more high strength steel in the construction, means that sharp turns and corners can be taken with relative ease.
This makes for a smoother, more comfortable ride, and a feeling of being behind the wheel of a crossover that is a whole lot sportier than it has ever been before.
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