The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson is due out summer 2015. The model has been completely redesigned with a new powertrain option and the latest technology. The upgrades should help the Tucson take a bigger bite out of compact crossover category, one of the best selling segments in the U.S. automotive industry.
This redesign was much needed. The Tucson was long in the tooth and lagged competitors. In fact, we picked it as our worst compact SUV model. Let’s take a look at what Hyundai has done to improve the Tucson.
A Cleaner, More Luxurious Look
Hyundai’s European design team designed the 2016 Tucson, which is a new interpretation of the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design them. It has an elegant, aerodynamic design with a wide stance. The length of the model is 2.6 inches longer than the 2015 model.
The Tucson’s front fascia now largely resembles the Hyundai Santa Fe. The rear has dual-tip chrome exhaust tips and newly designed optional 19 inch alloy wheels.
Inside the Tucson offers upscale materials and more advanced technology with increased interior space and visibility. The driver-side console panel sports overhead LED map lights.
More Available Power
The Tucson was one of the least powerful compact crossover models in 2015. For 2016, it adds a 1.6-liter 175 horsepower four-cylinder engine. This turbocharged engine, which is optional, boast 195 lb-ft of torque, which is near best in-class. It’s paired to a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch automatic transmission, which will improve fuel economy. The 2.0-liter 164 horsepower engine with a six-speed auto carries carries over for the base model.
The Tucson has a host of impressive convenience, technology, and safety features. The model has an optional Hands-free Smart Liftgate, premium finish instrument panel, and ventilated front seats. The available navigation system has a large eight inch touchscreen display with the latest technology to connect to apps such as as Yelp and Pandora®.
For exterior add-ons, the Tucson offers available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, full LED headlights and tail lights, and LED approach lights on the exterior door handles. rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, rear parking assistance, blind spot detection with lane change assist, and Hyundai’s lane departure warning system is also available in the Tucson.
On Showroom Floors
With ample interior space and plenty of storage, the Tucson is agile and fun to drive. It’s a unique combination of utility, flexibility, and style. With it’s late summer 2015 release date and a starting MSRP of about $23,000, the 2016 Tucson is well worth consideration in the compact crossover class.