Hyundai will expand its Blue Edition range of fuel-efficient “green” vehicles to include the all-new 2010 Tucson CUV. Last year Hyundai introduced the Blue Edition Accent and Elantra with mild adjustments to eek out a few more miles per gallon.
The Korean automaker’s plans for the Tucson Blue Edition are more significant, with a new engine being used. The standard 2010 Tucson is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, itself a huge improvement over the past model with a fuel-economy rating of 23/31 mpg over the old model’s 20/25 mpg rating. The 2010 Tucson Blue Edition will get a smaller 2.0-liter Theta II engine and is expected to deliver fuel-economy closer to the 24/33 mpg mark.
Along with the Tucson’s lighter curb weight and electric power steering, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is 22-lbs lighter than the previous 2.0 thanks to engineering advancements. Hyundai hasn’t confirmed all the details of the new model but has said the Blue Edition Tucson is likely to include low rolling resistance tires, enhanced aerodynamics, revised gear ratios and different engine software.