2016 Tucson

A month after making its world debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson has leaped across the Atlantic just in time for its American debut at the ongoing 2015 New York International Auto Show (2015 NYIAS).

As far as the exterior goes, things are pretty much the same as the Euro-spec Tucson with the exception of the repositioned LED daytime running lights (DRL). While the European model houses the DRLs below the fog lights in a separate assembly, the American version incorporates the DRLs into the fog light housings.

To recap, the third-gen Hyundai Tucson sports a bold hexagonal front grille flanked by LED projector head lamps while optional 19-inch alloy wheels with a two-toned, turbine motif provide added visual aggression. At the back, LED tail lamps, a rear spoiler and twin, bevel-cut chrome exhaust outlets complete the look.

Under the bonnet lie two powertrain options – a 2.0 litre Nu four-cylinder engine with 164 hp and 205 Nm of torque and a 1.6 litre, turbocharged Gamma engine pumping out 175 hp and 264 Nm. The 2.0 litre mill is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission while a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is mated to the 1.6 litre turbo’ed engine. All-wheel drive is offered as an option on both engine selections.

2016 Tucson

Said all-wheel drive system offers a driver-selectable AWD lock that enables a differentiated torque split between the front and rear axles. Also included is Active Cornering Control which works to direct torque to the wheels with the most traction under adverse conditions. Hill Start Assist and Downhill Brake Control are featured, as well – the latter works to assist drivers either on sharp inclines or declines.

NVH levels have been improved via the addition of larger engine mounts to better absorb vibrations, liberal use of sound insulating material on the inner fenders, underbody, transmission tunnel and all cabin pillars. Elsewhere, the Tucson also boasts better handling and ride comfort thanks to a stiffer chassis and the inclusion of a shock-absorber mounting structure which “employs a dual-reinforcing panel rear wheelhouse design.”

As for the improvements on the inside, Hyundai touts more premium materials being included with emphasis being placed on most contact points throughout the cabin. Optionally available is a full-length panoramic sunroof. Ventilated front seats and YES Essentials stain-resistant pews all round are a segment-first, according to Hyundai. A powered tailgate with an automatic opening function is also featured.

2016 Tucson

In-car entertainment gets taken care of via a standard five-inch touchscreen LCD display with reverse camera capabilities – Apple’s Siri ‘Eyes Free’ integration is an option. Opting for navigation will get you an eight-inch touchscreen setup with apps such as Pandora and Yelp integrated into the system. Audiophiles can choose an eight-speaker audio system that’s available as a cost option.

Safety kit count is more than decent with optional features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and Backup Warning Sensors.

Also featured on the third-generation Hyundai Tucson is the firm’s latest Blue Link platform. Under this platform, an array of conveniences can be accessed, be it remote start/stop and locking/unlocking capabilities to roadside assistance accessibility and a stolen vehicle recovery system – accessible via Android Wear products. Three service packages are featured for the Blue Link platform – Connected Care, Remote Package and Guidance Package.