2016 Hyundai Tucson Redesign, Specs, Price and Review

Spy shots of the upcoming 2016 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover are circulating through internet. The third-generation Tucson was spied in United States while undergoing some test with heavy camouflage cladding its body. The crossover will wear ix35 nameplate for Europe market.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Spy Shots

Hyundai’s chief U.S. designer, Chris Chapman, told us the next Tucson will be “as big a leap in design as the first-generation Elantra to the second-gen.”

While we’re curious to see the new aesthetic, we’re also curious about the automaker’s powertrain strategy. With Hyundai tapping the Tucson to be the first to usher in hydrogen fuel-cell technology, could the new Tucson be Hyundai’s first diesel vehicle in the U.S. as well? Hyundai already has a large diesel presence in Europe, while in Korea, the Hyundai Santa Fe is 100 percent diesel.

Exterior

The third generation Tucson will make its official debut next year as a 2016 MY vehicle. An all-new design language is clearly peaking from under the camouflage of the spied prototype, made even more obvious by the older mode that’s accompanying the convoy. A new type of grille design is being showcased, similar to the one on the new Sonata and Genesis sedans. Tapered headlights with lots of LED accents flank this new grille and give the compact SUV a wider look.

As we’ve come to expect from Hyundai, the design of the vehicle is far more aggressive than any used by a German automaker. Around the back, we were lucky enough to see the Tucson with its rear cargo area uncovered. The taillights are large and have a 3D effect, bulging out of the bodywork for a more futuristic design.

2016 Hyundai Tucson ix35 Spy Shots Side View

Interior

In the pictures you can see the completely new interior design, inspired by the Santa Fe, by a big console front grille that looks like the latest Hyundai models, new air conditioning controls, an automatic parking brake, 4,2 inch Supervision Cluster and a new steering wheel design.

2016 Hyundai Tucson ix35 Spy Shots Interior

Powertrain

Hyundai is expected to use updated versions of the same basic engine designs found in the current Tucson lineup, which would mean a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a 2.4-liter four as the upscale choice. We do expect considerable gains in fuel efficiency, where the current car lags far behind the segment leaders, managing 23 city and 29 highway mpg in its most eco-friendly trim. A six-speed automatic transmission will come standard, while AWD will be once again on the option book.

2016 Hyundai Tucson ix35 Spy Shots Rear View

Release Date and Price

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson compact crossover is expected to arrive at the showrooms sometime in 2015 as 2016 model year. Official pricing of the next-generation Tucson hasn’t been announced yet, but we estimate that the pricing will not higher than $22,000, pretty good deal. We will update you soon with the latest information.

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