February 5, 2004
Chicago auto show
Hyundai shows new Tucson SUV
Chicago, Illinois – Hyundai introduced the Tucson sport utility vehicle at the
Chicago Auto Show, the company’s first entry into the small SUV segment. The Tucson
is smaller than Hyundai’s Santa Fe SUV and will go on sale late this summer.
The four-door Tucson is the second Hyundai sport utility vehicle to be named after a
city in the southwestern U.S. The Tucson features a spacious interior and a large,
versatile and durable cargo area with fold-flat rear seats, and folding front
passenger seat. The seat can be folded forward to provide extra storage room or a
workspace for the driver. It can also be fully reclined as a seat. The rear mat is
removable and exposes a durable, easy-to-clean plastic floor with multiple tie down
locations for everyone’s “gear.”
The Tucson is equipped with a total of six airbags; driver and passenger front
airbags, driver and passenger side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for both
front and rear seat occupants.
Tucson buyers can select from two engines. The base model GL features Hyundai’s 2.0
litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine fitted with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
matched to a 5-speed manual transmission or available Shiftronic automatic
transmission. Hyundai’s 2.7 litre DOHC V6 is standard on the GLS and LX models and
it is matched to the Shiftronic automatic transmission. Four-wheel-drive is
available with either engine.
Tucson uses the Borg-Warner Electronic InterActive Torque Management
four-wheel-drive system that routes up to 99 percent of the available power to the
front wheels. As road conditions or torque demand changes, the system automatically
diverts up to 50 percent of the available power to the rear wheels. The system
monitors throttle position, front wheel angle and slippage.
As surface conditions change, power is automatically routed to the wheels with the
best traction. There is also a dashboard-mounted 4WD lock button that allows the
driver to manually “lock” the driveline into 4WD for a 50/50 torque split.
The new Hyundai Tucson is designed to compete with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and
Mitsubishi Outlander. It is expected to be on sale later in 2004 as a 2005 model.