Hyundai drops ix35 for revived Tucson


After an absence of almost seven years, Hyundai has breathed new life into is Tucson name with the unveiling of the all-new generation model, set to go on sale later this month.

Replacing the smash-hit ix35, which continued using the Tucson name in a number of international markets, the new TL-generation is claimed to bring a new level of comfort and sophistication to the burgeoning compact SUV section.

First shown at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the newcomer incorporates the latest iteration of acclaimed designer Peter Schreyer’s “sleek urban look”, dominated by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and wing-shaped bar atop of the front bumper, which now boast LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, the Tucson adopts a number of cues from the soon to-be-launched, and mechanically similar Kia Sportage, with high-spec models also featuring a panoramic roof and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Measuring 4 475 mm in length and 1 850 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2 670 mm, the Tucson comes in at 65 mm longer and 30 mm wider than the ix35, with Hyundai claiming a total boot capacity of 513-litres with the rear seats up, and 1 503-litres when folded down.

Inside, the interior has been completely redesigned with simpler ergonomic and upgraded plastics, while comfort and safety items have also been rammed-up. In addition to offering satellite navigation for the first time, the flagship Elite now comes equipped with Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, Real Cross Traffic Assist and Vehicle Stability Management, the latter also available on the mid-spec Exclusive.

Comprising of five models with the option of front-or all-wheel drive, the Tucson will initially be available in two petrol engines with either a manual, conventional automatic or double-clutch gearbox.

Available in Premium and Elite trims, the base engine comes in the form of same normally aspirated 2.0-litre used in the US-spec model, with power rated at 115 kW and 196 N.m of torque. Drive goes the front wheels with a six-speed manual or similar automatic offered on the former, and only the self-shifter on the latter.

Capping the range off, the Exclusive and Elite makes use of the same 1.6 T-GDI turbocharged powerunit found in the Veloster, with outputs of 130 kW and 265 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Exclusive with the Elite sending its power to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch box.

It however remains unknown whether Hyundai would make its 1.7 CRDI (85 kW / 280 N.m) or 2.0 CRDI (136 kW / 400 N.m) diesel engines available at a later stage.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



2.0 Premium 115 kW / 196 N.m R359 900
2.0 Premium AT 115 kW / 196 N.m R379 900
2.0 Elite AT 115 kW / 196 N.m R439 900
1.6 T-GDI Exclusive 130 kW / 265 N.m R419 900
1.6 T-GDI Elite DCT AWD 130 kW / 265 N.m R499 900