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 |  Aug 25 2009, 9:31 AM

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While the 2011 Hyundai Tucson isn’t set to officially debut until the Geneva Auto Show in March, the Korean automaker has released some details and a few photos of the new model for the Korean market.

In Korea two engines will be offered, a diesel and a gasoline motor, both of which will have a displacement of 2.0-liters. The diesel will make 184hp and get 36 mpg, while the gasoline motor will make 166hp and get 27.5 mpg. Both engines will be paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel powerplant will be available with either front-drive or AWD, while the gasoline will be offered only as FWD.

When it makes its way to North America, expect AWD to be available with the gasoline motor and we’re still expecting to hear news of a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Notable features on the new model include stability control, downhill brake control and hill-start assist, a backup camera and a panoramic sunroof.

Called the ix35 in some markets, the Tucson is expected to keep its traditional Arizona name when it arrives in the U.S.

GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Tucson

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 |  Aug 10 2009, 11:37 AM

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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.

[Source: Ausmotive]