This is the second-generation Hyundai Tucson. However, with Hyundai's new brand-naming, it's now the Tucson ix in the Korean market, ix35 in Europe, and Tucson in the rest of the world. So what's the real change apart from the name? Well, almost everything is new, and this 2011 Tucson is much more up-scale than the first-generation.
Automakers like Hyundai haven't yet got distinctive "trademark designing". Nevertheless, they still try to make their own unique design. The new Tucson ix carries over much of the 'swoopy' styling of the ix-onic Concept, from the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. However, unlike its originated concept, the new Tucson ix features much more sculptured lines, that actually make it busy. While its a "love it or hate it" look, it's surely more upscale and better-looking than the first-generation Tucson, and also relates to the Veracruz crossover. Overall, the pronounced look, is a plus point.
This is where the Korean automaker actually improved dramatically over the several years. While the first Tucson was pretty much a dreary place to be, now this new Tucson ix's interior is cleaner, more dynamic, and seem pleasant. The sculptured look from the outside, is carried over to the center air-vents, and center multi-media system inside. Plus, Hyundai hopes to market this Tucson ix as a luxury, with added extra goodies, like a panoramic sunroof, and a back-up camera. Although this Tucson ix is bigger than its predecessor, it still only has two rows of seats; putting it with the large mix of the compact crossover segment.
At launch, Hyundai will offer the new Tucson ix with two petrol engines, and one diesel-powered. Petrol engines start with a 2.0L Theta-II 4-cylinder engine, which produces 166 hp and achieves 28 mpg, while the optional turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine packs 170 hp. The Tucson ix is also available with a 2.0L diesel "R" model, that makes 184 hp and gets a fuel economy rating of 36 mpg. All engines are fitted to a 6-speed automatic as standard, with an optional 6-speed manual, with front-wheel-drive as base, and all-wheel-drive is added as an option. Safety features like a stability-program, Downhill Brake Control and Hill-Start Assist Control come as standard.
Production & Prices:
Although we still have to wait for Tucson ix's live debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show for more details on pricing, Hyundai revealed that the 2011 Tucson ix will be manufactured at Kia's Zilina plant in Slovakia. In the Korean market, Hyundai is pricing the 2011 Tucson ix at a start of 21 million won (about $23,700 U.S. Dollar). However, it is expected that worldwide pricing would be a little cheaper. 2011 Hyundai Tucson ix will be available in dealerships beginning of 2010.
Source : [Hyundai]