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Hyundai introduced its new Tucson SUV at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The new Tucson, named the ix35 in Europe, is an example of what Hyundai calls its new “fluidic” design language with its sweeping, curved lines.
Hyundai lowered the overall height of the new Tucson while still promising extra legroom and headroom. A new dual-panel panoramic sunroof with ultraviolet blocking also works to create a feeling of spaciousness.
North Americans will have a choice of two engines, a 2.0l Theta-II plant rated at 161hp and weighing 22 lb less than the Theta-I. A 2.4l Theta-II will also be available. European regions will have the option of a new diesel engines, a 2.0l and a 1.7l plant, as well as the 2.0l Theta-II and a 1.6l GDI engine with ISG stop-start technology.
Gallery: Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai has just released two renderings and a teaser image of the upcoming 2010 Hyundai Tucson. We have already had a good glimpse of what the car will look like thanks to a lone spy photo, but the renderings give us an ever better idea of the car from all angles, including the large hexagonal grille.
Along with the renderings is a lone teaser photo, which, according to PR rep Dan Bedore, gives us a whole bunch of misinformation. While the 2010 Tucson is set to be called the ix35 in Europe, it will keep the Tucson name in North America. Additionally, just under the”ix35″ badge are the letters “CRDi” indicating that this is a diesel model. The diesel version will, however, not be offered in North America.
We do expect to get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, however, and there are rumors that a dual-clutch transmission will be available.
We’ll have to wait for the Frankfurt Auto Show unveiling on September 15th for more info.
GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Tucson
Official release after the jump:
Thanks the the prying eyes and quick fingers of one amateur spy photographer in Sydney, Australia, we have this single image of the upcoming second-generation Hyundai Tucson. Driving alongside a truck with a full camera rig, Hyundai was apparently filming either a commercial or some promotional video.
And while we now know what the SUV looks like (at least from one angle), what still isn’t clear is what the crossover will be called. It’s known as the ix35 is most markets, but Hyundai might keep the Tucson name for North America.
With an overall shape that reminds us of the Nissan Rogue, the front end design is much nicer with Hyundai’s new hexagonal grille. This optioned-out model also has a sizable set of wheels and chromed roof rack bars. Overall, it’s actually quite close to the ix-onic concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show last March.
Details of the powertrain are exciting as we’ve already learned the next-generation Tucson will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. We just don’t know if that engine/transmission combination will be offered in North America.
The production model as shown here is expected at this Fall’s Frankfurt Auto Show as either a 2010 or possibly a 2011 model.