First seen at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as the European ix35, the 2014 Hyundai Tucson has been officially unveiled for the U.S. market.
The refreshed 2014 Tucson benefits from new engines that not only increase performance compared to the 2013 model year, but give the Korean automaker’s crossover a slight bump in fuel efficiency. New to the Tucson lineup is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct injection engine with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque which will deliver 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It’s a one-mpg improvement compared to the 2013′s Theta II 2.0-liter engine.
The more powerful Theta II 2.4-liter now benefits from direct injection to offer 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The 2013 Tucson equipped with the 2.4-liter sported 176 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Both powerplants are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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Along with the new engines, the Tucson sees various improvements including standard SACHS Amplitude Selective Damping for optimum ride, handling and driving comfort. The in-car tech also sees an upgrade with Hyundai’s Blue Link safety, service and infotainment system, two-stage reclining rear seats and third-generation navigation with a seven-inch touchscreen display and HD radio.
Hyundai also added new projector headlights with LED accents, LED taillights, a Shark-fin antenna on the Limited trim model, roof side rails with the panoramic sunroof and new standard 17-inch wheels with larger 18-inch wheels available as an option.
The 2014 Tucson will be available at Hyundai dealerships this fall. Pricing was not announced.
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