2010 Hyundai Tucson
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2010 Hyundai Tucson

Los Angeles, California – Hyundai has unveiled the all-new 2010 Tucson at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new model, which the company describes as an “urban cruiser,” was conceived in a global collaboration among Hyundai’s U.S., Korean and European product groups, and with design execution led by its studio in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new Tucson is 84 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the model it replaces, but weighs 27 kg less, and with a body that the company said is 38 per cent stiffer than that of the Nissan Rogue. It also boasts a turning circle that is shorter than the 2009 Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, as well as the 2009 Tucson.

The Tucson will come with a Theta II 2.4-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine that delivers 176 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque, 26 per cent more horsepower than the V6 it replaces, but with 20 per cent better fuel economy. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; configuration is front-wheel or available all-wheel drive.

Hyundai said that, for the 2011 model year, it will also introduce a high-mileage Blue model, that will use a Theta II 2.0-litre engine that produces more power and better fuel economy than the 2009 Tucson Beta four-cylinder engine.

Other standard or available features on the 2010 model include an “Eco Indicator” fuel economy gauge, Hyundai’s first use of hill start assist and downhill brake control, a panoramic sunroof, and navigation system with voice control.

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