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2016 Hyundai Tucson Makes U.S. Debut in New York

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The U.S.-spec 2016 Hyundai Tucson was unveiled at the 2015 New York auto show, just a few months after the Euro version made its first appearance at the Geneva show earlier this year. Compared to the current model, which was first introduced over five years ago, the new 2016 Tucson will showcase a new engine and new looks.

The big news here is its new 1.6-liter turbo-four that makes 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and will be offered in the Eco, Sport, and Limited trim models. Hyundai says this powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 25/30 mpg city/highway in front-drive configuration (Sport and Limited), while all-wheel drive should get 24/28 mpg. The front-drive Eco model is estimated at 26/33 mpg city/highway, while Eco AWD is 25/30 mpg.

MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image Meanwhile, the base SE model gets the carryover 2.0-liter I-4 and six-speed auto rated at 164 hp and 151 lb-ft. EPA estimates for this model are 23/31 mpg city/highway (front-drive) and 22/26 mpg (AWD).

Overall styling mimics the larger Santa Fe, especially up front where the larger grille features big slats and a Hyundai badge. The headlights are much wider, while the side profile showcases sculpted fenders and thick, contrasting plastic cladding. Full LED headlights are available on the top-spec Limited model.

2016 Hyundai Tucson Makes U.S. Debut in New York

The interior makeover gives the 2016 Tucson a more premium feel with stitched material on the dashboard and an available 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera are standard, while available advanced safety technology includes Lane Change Assist, a blind spot monitor, and automatic emergency braking. © Provided by MotorTrend

With competitors like the 2015 Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V having been recently updated with premium features and more tech, the 2016 Tucson comes at the right time for Hyundai. Expect the first batch of Tucsons to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Source: Hyundai

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