Hyundai Teases Next-Gen Tucson Prior to Frankfurt Debut
by KBB.com Editors | August 20, 2009 6:31 AM
A new sketch from Hyundai gives an even better feel for what we can expect to see when it unveils the new Tucson compact crossover in Frankfurt next month. While Hyundai provided few mechanical details on the vehicle that will launch in Europe wearing "ix35" badging, we do know that it will offer both four- and six-cylinder engines, front- and all-wheel-drive configurations and introduce a new, and more fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission to the mix. Styled in Hyundai's European Design Center in Russelsheim, Germany, the bodywork on the new ix35/Tucson introduces a "fluidic" language that was first seen in the ix-onic concept crossover displayed at the Geneva Auto Salon last March. Blending sweeping curves and dramatic edges, it sets off its significantly higher visual profile with a new hexagonal grille opening that also will become a signature element of the next generation of Hyundai crossover and sport utility vehicles. The 2010 Tucson will make its first U.S. appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.