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First Drive: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

Another surprise from the Koreans.

by on Jan.28, 2010

Longer, wider - and lighter, the 2010 Hyundai Tucson is also more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Korean-made products lagged low on the list of models automotive journalists sought to review.  And they weren’t held in all that much higher esteem by the motoring public.  But anyone who still thinks of cars like the Pony when the name, Hyundai, is spoken, is in need of some reeducation, and a simple way to do that is to spend a little time behind the wheel of the 2010 Hyundai Tucson.

To be blunt, there wasn’t all that much to like about the original, 2005 edition.  It was the sort of product about which kinder critics will use the phrase, “cheap-and-cheerful.”  Not so now.  The latest generation of the Korean carmaker’s entry-level crossover maintains the positive value story of early Hyundai products pitched on price alone.  But the ’10 Tucson is a surprisingly attractive, solidly built and well-equipped offering that should give some of the better-known entries in the segment, like Toyota’s RAV4, a real run for the money.

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Like most of its competitors, Hyundai has moved away from traditional truck-like SUV design.  The 2010 Hyundai Tucson has a sweeping, graceful appearance that reflects what the maker dubs its new “Fluidic Sculpture” language.  There are a number of nice details and, thankfully, the Korean maker’s stylists avoided buling up with too many of the lines and creases that seem to be de rigeur in today’s automotive world.


First Look: 2010 Hyundai Tucson ix35

New maker goes radical with ix-Metro crossover.

by on Sep.15, 2009

Hyundai will introduce the new ix35 crossover in Europe, and sell it in the States as the 2010 Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai will introduce the new ix35 crossover in Europe, and then will launch it in the States as the 2010 Hyundai Tucson.

If you want to get a closer look at the next-generation compact SUV from Hyundai, you’re going to need to book a quick flight to Germany.  The 2010 Hyundai Tucson – known to Europeans as the ix35 – is getting its official debut at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show.

Company official are calling the crossover a “new approach to the SUV,” and the Tucson/ix35 is clearly not your classic, 2-box utility vehicle.  Instead, it features a very coupe-like shape that is reminiscent of other new, hard-to-categorize offerings, such as BMW’s X6 and 5-er GT.

The Hyundai offering, of course, competes in a much more mainstream segment, but the maker’s new “Fluidic Sculpture” design language is designed to give it a much more premium and hard-to-ignore appearance.  That will be critical for the Korean carmaker, which has been gaining ground in the U.S., but which still faces challenges in brand-conscious Europe.

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“Bridging the gap between public perception and reality is difficult for Hyundai,” admitted the company’s Chairman Eulson Chung.

The 2010 Hyundai Tucson is larger and wider than the old crossover – which helps improve interior space – though it’s also been lowered about an inch.  The updated crossover will be offered with larger 18-inch alloy wheels.