2010 Hyundai Tucson Bows

13 Dec 2009 | 1,430 views | No Comment
2010-hyundai-tucson Hyundai has done again—introduce yet another new model that looks to be trouble for the competition. It’s  the all new 2010 Hyundai Tucson,  the first in Hyundai’s 24/7 version 2.0 program in which there will be seven all-new models by the end of 2011. The car was displayed recently at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, and one glance confirms the impression that it’s one of the prettiest small CUVs around. Hyundal has managed to be different in an attractive way by introducing a more flowing design that is quite unlike just about anybody in the small SUV field, which is full of “look alikes,” as it were. Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy is supposed to personify “athleticism and sophistication” through the use of “flowing lines, full surfaces and muscular presence.”  The company says that the design is marked by what it calls “ bold, dynamic graphic elements such as the new Hyundai family hexagonal front grille, aggressive lower air intake, sculptured hood creases, swept back headlights, sleek greenhouse and wraparound taillights. But the real point is that Hyundai no longer is a company that makes nice cars for those on a budget. Now it’s all about introducing aspirational  designs that are knocking quite hard on the door of “gotta have it” status. The Tucson looks expensive, and happens to be equipped accordingly in a way that may cause some people to scratch their heads when they realize they’re looking at a Hyundai product. The Tucson is the latest proponent of Hyundai’s newest styling philosophy known as Fluidic Sculpture  The all-new Tucson is the first Hyundai CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) to be designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centers. Among the standard safety features are –for the first time— Downhill Brake Control and Hillstart Assist Control, along with the usual selection of safety items one expects these days. Other intriguing features are the company’s first panoramic sunroof, touch-screen navigation and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system. Perhaps most important in these fuel conscious days, the Tucson features an all new “Theta II’ 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets up to 31 mpg on the highway.  To go along with it, Hyundai’s introducing an all new transaxle. The new six speed offers a gain of 24 percent savings in gasoline on the highway—31 miles per gallon compared with 25 miles per gallon on the 2009 model. There is no dipstick in the gearbox because it is filled with automatic transmission fluid that is good for the life of the vehicle under normal usage conditions, thereby reducing maintenance costs. Developed over a four-year period, this new six-speed automatic is 26.4 pounds lighter than Hyundai’s five-speed. It also is 1.6 inches shorter and considerably simpler having 62 fewer parts, which is a key to increased durability, lighter weight and lower cost. If you’re after lots of storage and drink holders, check out what you get on the Tucson: Console tray, glove box, overhead sunglass storage, armrest storage compartment, two front seat drink holders, two rear center armrest drink holders, four bottle holders—one in each door, four map pockets—one in each door, two seatback pockets, and a cargo area storage tray. We’ll report on the new 2010 Tucson as soon as one arrives in the press fleet.

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