Hyundai Tuscon to replace ix35 with rugged upgrade
ONE of Australia's biggest-selling cars will have an "old" new name when it goes on sale later this year.
The Hyundai Tucson nameplate is making a comeback, replacing the ix35.
Edgy exterior design should give the Tucson a more rugged appeal. The influence of designer Peter Schreyer is evident, and the new model will adopt many of the styling cues found on its larger Santa Fe sibling.
The front has the prominent hexagonal grille and an wing-shaped bumper, which incorporates the LED daytime running lights.
Its sleek profile comes courtesy of an A-pillar that has been moved rearward, while Mr Schreyer said the expressive "Z" character-line above the rear wheel arches created a sculptural side profile and a powerful stance.
Among the key new inclusions will be Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto entertainment systems. The systems will use Siri or Google Voice for their interface.
Automatic parking and a powered rear tailgate will be among the options.
Also planned is a full safety suite, including the likes of automatic braking, which can help avoid an accident or reduce the impact, Lane Keeping Assist System, which corrects the steering to avoid straying outside the lines, and a Rear Traffic Cross Alert system, which uses radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle.
Hyundai promises more soft-touch materials for the cabin.
Powerplants will include a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol partnered to a seven-speed automatic transmission that replaces the existing 2.4-litre variant, while the exisiting 2.0-litre petrol and diesel donks will be retained in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive guises.
Growing in all dimensions, at 4475mm in length, 1850mm in width and 1645mm in height, the Tucson is 65mm longer, 30mm wider and 15mm lower than the ix35 it replaces.
Boot space is 513 litres with the rear seats in place.
Pricing and specification details will be revealed close to the Tuscon's third-quarter launch. Hyundai will continue to source its vehicles from the European plant in the Czech Republic, and from Ulsan in South Korea.
The current ix35 model accounted for 17,922 sales in 2014, making it the second-biggest selling Hyundai after the i30.