Although the launch of the U.S. version won't be until late this year, Hyundai is taking the wraps off its 2016 Tucson compact crossover SUV as a 2015 model in European trim at the Geneva Motor Show. The all-new Tucson features sharper, bolder styling that brings it in line with its larger Santa Fe sibling as well as entries on the car side like the Genesis and Sonata. In addition to sharply drawn character lines, the crossover features a large, hexagon-shaped grille.

"Design expresses our progressive spirit and passion and it is transforming our brand," says Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group. "The all-new Tucson has a bold and athletic presence achieved through refined, flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and more importantly our newest generation hexagonal grille, our brand signature."

That grille dominates the vehicle's front end and is flanked by LED headlamps and running lights to give the Tucson a unique face.  The A-pillar has been pushed back to separate it from the long hood, giving the car a sleek profile. The wheel arches are shaped to give the impression of motion, while the character line on the rear quarters adds to the powerful stance. The rear of the vehicle sports thin tail lamps, lending an air of elegance.

Spacious cabin 

Riding on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson comes in at 176.1 inches in overall length. Built on an all-new platform, the all-new crossover SUV has generous interior dimensions and well as 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row up. The cabin introduces new soft-touch materials and the design features a simple center console with easy to use controls. The interior of the Geneva Show Car is clad in rich Wine Red leather.

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Among the new features are heated and ventilated front seats, with longer cushions for additional support and comfort. There's also a smart powered tailgate which opens at the approach of the key-holder and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) with both parallel and bay parking functions.

Active and passive safety addressed 

Chief among the new safety systems bowing on the Tucson includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with three modes: pedestrian, city and inter-urban.  Automatic braking is engaged whenever an unsafe closing speed with a person or vehicle in front, from low to high speeds, is detected. Other safety features include Lane Keeping Assist that proactively corrects the steering to avoid unintended lane departure, and Rear Traffic Cross Alert, which has radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle, alerting the driver to cross-traffic. Other drive assists include blind spot detection and an information function that alerts the driver to the local speed limits  

In European trim, the Hyundai Tucson will offer two 1.6-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engines-one normally aspirated offering about 130 horsepower and a turbocharged version with about 170 horsepower. Three diesel options will be available in Europe ranging from 1.7 to 2.0 liters in displacement. Transmissions include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or 7-speed dual clutch automatic.  U.S. spec engine and transmission choices will be announced at a later date.

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