The redesigned 2011 Hyundai Tucson may have caused sales of the small crossover to more than double in 2010 versus 2009, but that speaks more of the relatively underwhelming nature of the old model rather than the greatness of the new one.
The major downsides are the lacking control ergonomics – why must I lean forward far enough for my back to no longer contact the seat to reach the tune knob –the glare-vulnerable screen, the overly-snappy “video game” – to quote Scott Evans — steering, and the unimpressive engine. Several of my colleagues have also commented that they’ve mistaken the rear-defrost button for the start button – its big, round, and placed about where you’d expect a start button to be. Curiously, despite its novelty, the Tucson isn’t offered with push-button start.
There are of course, upsides. The giant sunroof for example, or the comfortable seats. The four-cylinder, though slightly lacking in power and acceleration, is good on fuel, a boon in these days of $ 4.00/gallon dino juice.
While nothing about the Hyundai screams “deal breaker,” nothing screams “must have” either.
Hyundai Unveils Tucson iX FCEV, Mass Production Planned for 2015
Hyundai unveiled the latest iteration of the Tuscon iX Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)today at the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy 2011 Conference in Washington DC. The new FCEV showcases the automaker’s effort to explore another area of alternative fuel technology.
With a total range of 403 miles (up from 230 previously), the Tuscon has some fairly good legs compared to the electric vehicles current marketed. Hyundai has also reduced the space needed to store hydrogen by 20 percent, and the vehicle gets an equivalent rating of 72 mpg. Hyundai also replaced the previous super capacitor system with a 21kw battery, which is credited with the bump in fuel economy.
The Tucson ix FCEV won’t fear the cold, either. It can start in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.
Hyundai will test about 50 units throughout 2011 as part of the second phase of the Korean Government Validation Program. The company plans to make a limited supply of the Tucson ix FCEV in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015.
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Many of us are extremely curious about the new 2011 Hyundai Tucson. There are so few compact crossovers on the market who manage to topple off the large SUV parts, but Hyundai never seemed to have any problem with it.
The new Hyundai Tucson will have a new exterior design, but still not substantially changed. It is expected to shed weight by 60 pounds, making an improvement in the gas mileage. When it comes to what’s underneath the hood, the 2011 Tucson boasts with 172 HP and a 166 lb-feet torque from a four cylinder engine. The interior of this new car from Hyundai is created to look better than on the previous models.
An estimated price was revealed for by the Hyundai manufacturers, for this Tucson of 2011. It is expected to cost between ,000 and ,500, and it comes with what we call the best warranty package offered to any vehicle in US. The Hyundai Company decided to keep its reputation as the least expensive seller on the crossover market. This model is again the lowest priced car on the lineup. Though, this means it will have some limits regarding the engine power and a lack in the automatic transmission option. It is true there are some con’s about the new Tucson, like the ones said it here or the limited cargo volume, but the car definitely comes with more pro’s. Therefore, the standard model is equipped with good safety features and a generous interior space; it also has a unique design “putted” on the maximum engine power.
The new Tucson, also called iX35 for the European market, will split its platform, engine and transmission with the future Kia Sportage. About the fuel consumption, Tucson offers both petrol and diesel motorizations. On this motorizations list, it also appears the high-teck 2.0 liter R-diesel and the 1.6 liters GDI.
If you need a compact crossover SUV, then the 2011 Hyundai Tucson is the only option you have. The other choices would be Toyota RAV4 or Honda CRV, but just imagine how well the Hyundai Company managed to preserve its models over the years, without making to much fuzz around the brand.
Thanks to goel.honey of teambhp.com who happen to take these pictures of the all new Hyundai Tucson / iX35 being driven on the Kolkatta roads. We guess its an imported vehicle being taken to the Bhutan (Number Plates – BTN)
The Hyundai Tucson will carry over to the 2011 model year with more standard equipment and an all-new entry level GL model equipped with a new 2.0-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine. Available at dealerships right about now, the Tucson GL is only available in a front-wheel drive configuration. In addition, the 2011 GLS trim level receives upgraded model content and a premium suspension is now standard on the Limited model.
The new-for-2011 Tucson GL trim is equipped with a 2.0L Theta II four-cylinder engine that produces 165 horsepower and 146 lb.ft of torque. With an available 6-speed automatic transmission, the Tucson GL achieves 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway ratings, a one mpg improvement over the 2.4L engine.
As a result of the new entry-level GL trim, the 2011 Tucson GLS now receives all features previously found in the 2010 GLS with Popular Equipment Package. These additions include 17-inch alloy wheels, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth, leatherette bolster/cloth insert seats, body-color door handles and side mirrors, privacy glass, and roof rails.
The Tucson Limited gains standard auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink, as well as premium Sachs Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) for improved ride quality and handling. Also, every All Wheel Drive (AWD) model is now equipped with standard heated front seats. Lastly, the standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) found in the 2011 Tucson receives enhancements including the ability to always override the system.
[Source: Hyundai Motor America]
Scanning Motor Trendâs vehicle sign-out sheet, trying to decide on the best rig for my annual fishing trip to Californiaâs Eastern Sierra, I passed on such utility machines as the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, Acura ZDX, and Kia Borrego, and opted for the more diminutive, comparably underpowered Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD. Although the Mitsu offers more room, the Acura more power, and the Kia, well, more of both, I opted for the little Hyundai, as its I-4/AWD setup provided me a unique opportunity â the ability to compare it against two previous I-4/AWD long-termers (the 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD and the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited) that I had taken on the same trip.
I had spent considerable time in an identically trimmed Tucson — the one that earned second place in a January 2010 shootout against the Honda CR-V (first place), GMC Terrain (third), and Subaru Forester (fourth) — but I always like to hit the open road and just live with a vehicle for a solid week. Would the Tucson prove most endearing? Letâs examine its pros and cons in light of the CR-V and Outback.
Six-speed automatic: The CR-V only has a five-speed (without a manual mode), so the Hyundaiâs six cogs and shift-it-yourself option give it an advantage over the Honda. Further, the Tucsonâs tranny is simply smoother, and I especially like how fluid the gearshift moves between the gates, as if the whole assembly is coated in Teflon. The Outbackâs continuously variable automatic is arguably the best CVT out there, but if you prefer six actual ratios, then the Tucsonâs traditional auto is again the way to go. Personally, Iâm okay with CVTs — as long as theyâre smooth and responsive, which the Subieâs is — so for me, the two are a wash.
PRESS RELEASE: HYUNDAI SUPER BOWL ADVERTISING HIGHLIGHTS ALL-NEW SONATA AND TUCSON
SUPER BOWL CHAMP BRETT FAVRE STARS IN SPOT HIGHLIGHTING HYUNDAI QUALITY
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIF., 02/02/2010
Hyundai will be one of the most visible sponsors of Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, February 7 with a total of eight ads airing throughout the day. 2010 marks Hyundai’s third consecutive year of advertising during the nation’s largest sporting event and second consecutive year sponsoring the Kickoff Show. To view Hyundai’s Super Bowl ads, please go to: www.HyundaiNews.com.
Hyundai’s Super Bowl blitz will be highlighted by two in-game ads. The first, titled “Paint,” will kick off an aggressive campaign supporting the 2011 Sonata. Slotted for the first quarter of the game, the spot will feature the all-new sedan, which boasts 200 horsepower while maintaining best-in-class fuel economy of 35 miles-per-gallon highway. The 2011 Sonata will reach dealerships this month.
The second in-game ad, titled “10 years/Favre,” scheduled for the second quarter, will feature Brett Favre, quarterback of this season’s NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings. Favre, who holds the NFL “iron man” record for most consecutive games started, will be included in a spot featuring Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. In the 30-second ad, Favre accepts the Most Valuable Player award after the 2020 football season.
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