Hyundai’s new Tucson SUV will cost from £18,695 when it goes on sale in the UK this September. The SUV made its global debut at the Geneva motor show back in March.
The replacement for the current ix35, the Tucson measures 4475mm long by 1850mm wide, with a height of 1645mm and a wheelbase of 2670mm. Those dimensions make it longer, wider and lower than the outgoing ix35.
Having retired the original Tucson in 2010 to make way for the ix35, Hyundai has now reversed that decision in the hope of making the Tucson a more global product.
"We made the decision to have the same name for global products worldwide," explained Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer Thomas Schmid. "Almost everywhere called the car the Tucson apart from Europe, but our studies showed that awareness of the name among customers was no different.
"It gives us a synergy around the world that brings advantages - and it allows us to signify the significant step forward in the product and the design that we have made with this car. It's our belief that Tucson will lift perception to a new level among customers, who have not seen this level of quality or craftmanship from us before."
The Tucson takes on a more rugged appearance than the ix35, and features Hyundai's prominent front grille design. A clear resemblance to the larger Santa Fe can be seen. Hyundai design boss Peter Schreyer said: "We tried to make an SUV, but make it bolder and stronger.
"When we do something like this, of course, we have in mind that it needs to be successful globally. It needs to be a good product and then it can be successful in all markets."
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