Hyundai’s new Tucson is all-new for 2016 and it is the nameplates third-generation model. The little crossover features a new design that is much closer in overall look to the rest of the Hyundai family. It has the same trapezoidal grille and sharp large headlamps that its many siblings have. The new model is also stretched slightly to give it better proportions and a more visually appealing stance. The exterior has also been converted to almost exclusively use LEDs for its lighting. 19-inch wheels are also now available.
Inside the Tucson sees the same level of upgrades and change with a new design and a focus on quality. There are more soft touch materials and padding than in any Tucson previously. The switchgear and ergonomics have also been tweaked for a more refined and comfortable experience. Thanks to its increased size, the new Tucson is wider and longer than the old model, there is a much greater level of interior space that should make things more comfy for all passengers.
Under the hood, there have been even more changes. The old drivetrain options have been tossed in favor of newer, more fuel efficient and more technologically advanced pieces. The base engine is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses direct injection and produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. This motor comes mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and its good for as much as 31 mpg on the highway.
The engine you really want though is the new 1.6-liter turbocharged unit. With 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of twist, this little motor has all the grunt you could want. Best of all, the torque comes on in full at just 1,500 rpm, so it feels much more powerful than it really is. This engine comes mated to a segment-exclusive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai calls it EcoShift, and they are promising smoother shifts, better power delivery, and increased economy. Something must have worked, as this engine is rated as high as 33 mpg on the highway for FWD Eco models.
Hyundai is saying that they also spent a lot of time refining the driving dynamics of this compact crossover. They are claiming that this is the best driving Tucson they have ever created. We will have to just take their word on the matter until we can get our hands on a unit, but with its wider wheelbase and stiffer chassis, we are hoping for the best.
Keep your eyes here on AutoTalk.com and we will be sure to let you know as soon as we get some time to drive it. For now, why not take a look at our full gallery of press shots from the new car.