Hyundai reveals ix35 replacement
By: Jason Woosey
The all-new Tucson, as far as Hyundai is concerned, has what it takes to lead the C-SUV segment.
Built on a totally new platform, the Tucson effectively replaces the ix35 while reverting back to its predecessor's name.
The styling forges its way into the future with an almost Audi-like chrome-surrounded hexagonal grille connecting the LED headlights, while the side stands apart with a distinct Z-shaped crease.
The South African launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year and the local engine line-up will be made known closer to the time.
European buyers have five engine options - a 1.6-litre direct injection petrol in 99kW normally aspirated and 129kW turbo forms, an 85kW 1.7 turbodiesel and a two-litre turbodiesel in 100kW and 135kW guises. The 1.6 turbopetrol can be ordered with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As before, it's expected that front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations will be available, depending on which model you pick.
As for ease of use from behind the wheel, Hyundai has put considerable effort into perfecting interior ergonomics and upped the quality stakes with a new array of 'soft touch' and 'high quality' textures. Hyundai is also quite proud of the new 'Wine Red' leather option and the long list of modern gadgets that will be offered.
These include a powered tailgate, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Parking Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking with three operation modes and Lane Keeping Assist.
The new Tucson will make its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. But can it beat the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4?