[PHOTOS] US-Spec 2016 Hyundai Tucson Revealed at New York Auto Show
The Hyundai Tucson has been an important model in the Korean automaker’s lineup since its debut in 2004. Currently in its second generation, a redesigned Tucson was unveiled last month at the Geneva Motor Show. And now, Hyundai has brought the US-spec version to the New York Auto Show to make its debut on North American shores.
The third-generation Tucson comes with a longer wheelbase designed to provide a more flexible and comfortable interior. It rides on 19-inch alloys with a forward-raking wheel arch design and uniquely-designed spokes. The base 2016 Tucson is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which pumps out somewhere in the neighborhood of 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. A second engine—a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder—is also available, and is good for 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The former engine is expected to return 26 mpg combined, while the latter should get around 29 mpg combined.
Both front- and all-wheel-drive options are available, depending on your needs. The AWD system features active cornering control, which is essentially a torque vectoring system that helps reduce understeer. The body of the third-generation crossover is built with 50% high-strength steel, as opposed to 18% in the second-gen, which means smoother turns and a more comfortable ride overall.
Design-wise, the 2016 Tucson comes with a newly-styled hexagonal grille, LED twin-projector headlamps, LED accents, chrome exhaust tips, and a standard rear spoiler. Inside, Hyundai has replaced existing materials with soft-touch ones that give the crossover a more luxurious feel. A leather-wrapped instrument panel is available, and the crossover offers a massive 31 cubic feet of cargo space, which is 5 cubic feet more than that found in the 2015 Tuscon.
Hyundai has added a number of new safety features to the 2016 Tucson, including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, cross-traffic alert system, and park assist. Additionally, you’ll find the next-generation BlueLink infotainment system inside the 2016 Tucson, which includes remote start, destination search, and roadside assistance.
The next-generation Tucson is expected to arrive at dealerships this summer, although no word has been given on a starting MSRP yet.