New Hyundai Tucson debuts at Geneva auto fair
The reason the nation’s leading automaker introduced the new SUV in Geneva is to expand its market share in Europe in the small SUV segment. Since the Geneva event is one of four major motor shows in the world held early in the year, it can set auto trends for the year.
It is the 85th Geneva show and a total of 220 companies including car and part makers will introduce about 900 cars and related products until March 16 in Palexco.
“We expect this all new Tucson can help consumers in the world recognize Hyundai Motor as a global premium brand,” the company said in a statement.
The model’s predecessor, the Tucson ix, was the best-selling SUV in the European market for Hyundai Motor with 94,166 units sold.
The new Tucson is 4.475 meters (14.7 feet) long, 1.85 meters wide and 1.645 meters high. The model’s length grew 65 millimeters (2.5 inches) and the width grew 30 millimeters, while the height got 10 millimeters lower compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase is 2.67 meters, which also got 30 millimeters longer. The trunk has a capacity of 513 liters (18 cubic feet), which is a 10 percent improvement from its predecessor’s 465 liter capacity.
The Tucson will be offered in both diesel and gasoline models in Europe. Based on a U2 1.7-liter engine, the diesel model offers 115 horsepower and a maximum torque of 28.6 kilogram-meter (19.2 pound-foot). Another diesel model is developed with R 2.0-liter engine that provides 136 horsepower and 38 kilogram-meter of torque.
The gasoline models come with a choice of two different engines, the Gamma 1.6-liter GDi and the Gamma 1.6-liter turbo GDi, which includes a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
For the exterior, Hyundai Motor’s signature hexagonal grille has been added along with LED daytime running lights. The model also offers some safety options including auto emergency braking and smart parking assist systems.
Along with the new Tucson, Hyundai Motor will display 16 cars including the i30 turbo hatchback and four engines at the motor show.
The automakers in Geneva are focusing on introducing more cars that consumers will actually consider buying rather than fancy and expensive supercars. This year, small SUVs, wagons and coupe models as well as environmentally friendly cars will attract visitors.
Among the 900 cars being displayed in the show, about 130 are models newly introduced to the European market. The market is of interest to global automakers because it is showing signs of economic recovery thanks to the European Central Bank buying of eurozone bonds as a form of quantitative easing.
Hyundai Motor’s sister company Kia Motors introduced concept car KD-11, a grand-touring wagon. The model was interesting to industry insiders because they expect that part of its exterior design will be applied to the company’s second-generation K5 sedan that will be unveiled for the first time in Korea in the second quarter of this year.
Ssangyong Motor displayed its SUV lineup in the show. Its main model is its small Tivoli SUV, which has been riding high in Korea since it started selling in mid-January. Ssangyong received more than 10,000 orders for Tivolis in two months.
BMW introduced the new 2 series Gran Tourer, the company’s first seven-seat model.
BY KWON SANG-SOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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