The new Hyundai Tucson ix35; the one that replaces the existing Tucson
Why is it hot?
Why not? It looks swell, with all those funky lines and curves (what Hyundai calls its “fluidic sculpture”design language). For once, it doesn’t look like another me-too SUV, unlike its predecessor. While it made its South Korean debut last month, the new Tucson makes its global debut at Frankfurt, after we saw its concept at Geneva earlier this year. The production Tucson will feature a new R-series 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Power is rated at over 170 bhp, while there’s a healthy dose of torque on offer too. To be available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive formats, the Tucson is bound for European showrooms before the end of the year and could be in contention for an India launch next year.