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Sneak Peek: 2011 Hyundai Tucson

Also known as Hyundai ix35, crossover set for Frankfurt debut.

by on Aug.18, 2009

This is a rendering of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson that the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

This is a rendering of the 2011 Hyundai Tucson that the Korean carmaker plans to unveil at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.

There’s little doubt that Hyundai is on a mission to rebuild its image.  Forget “cheap and cheerful,” the South Korean carmaker’s products are moving steadily up-market, even as the brand’s latest offerings show a distinctive design flair that wouldn’t have been imaginable just a few years ago.

Days after confirming that it will enter the premium luxury segment with the Equus sedan, Hyundai has released a pair of renderings giving a clear hint of what it has in store at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.  What you see here is the 2011 Hyundai Tucson – the vehicle the rest of the world knows as the Hyundai ix35.

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Hyundai says the shape is part of its new “fluidic” design language, though a quick glance suggests the influence of such competing Japanese CUVs as the Nissan Murano or Infiniti FX.  The crossover/ute was penned by chief stylist Tomas Buerkle, at Hyundai’s European design center, in Russelsheim, Germany.

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