Monday, 11 March 2013

2014 Hyundai Tucson

In today’s global marketplace, models are often the same or similar in multiple markets, even if they have different names. Such is the case with the Hyundai ix35. It’s better-known on this side of the Atlantic as the Tucson. A modest-selling niche model in the U.S., the ix35 is a very popular model in Europe, where C-segment crossovers in general are a popular breed. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai showed a refreshed ix35 model that may preview changes coming on the 2014 U.S.-spec Tucson.


 2014 Hyundai Tucson




2014 Hyundai Tucson

The changes on the Euro-spec ix35 are not radical at first glance. LED lighting is added in the form of front driving lights and rear taillights, and the ix35 gets a more fuel-efficient gasoline direct-injected 2.0-liter engine, and for the first time, the diesel model (which almost certainly is NOT coming to the U.S.) gets an optional six-speed automatic.

Only the base-model Tucson has a 2.0-liter engine in the U.S. market, leaving the door open for either an engine downsizing for the U.S. Tucson, or the availability of Hyundai’s 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder as used in the Santa Fe Sport and Sonata.

On the inside, the ix35 gets a new 4.2 TFT display in the instrument cluster, and features Hyundai’s adjustable-assist Flex Steer system. Other upgrades include a heated steering wheel, chrome-ringed climate-control system vents, illuminated cupholders, available 7-inch touchscreen audio and navigation system, and front parking sensors. The Euro ix35 also offers optional bi-xenon HID headlights.

While it’s unlikely the U.S.-spec 2014 Tucson will get all the bells & whistles of its European cousin, it will probably get a few of them. What features do you expect (or hope) to see on the 2014 Tucson?

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