• Aug 18, 2009
2010 Hyundai Tucson renderings/teasers - click image for high-res gallery

We've been seeing spy shots of the next generation Hyundai Tucson for several weeks, but we now have the first official teaser from the Korean automaker. The new Tucson and a refreshed Santa Fe will both debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, and according to Hyundai spokesman Dan Bedore, the shot above was released from the home office in South Korea. Unfortunately, the badging shows two elements we won't be getting in North America: Hyundai has no current plans to offer a diesel in the Stateside Tucson, but on the upside, the automaker won't be spreading its alphanumeric nomenclature to U.S. shores with the European ix35 nameplate.

The Tucson was designed at Hyundai's new Frankfurt studio and will launch first in Korea next month, while the European version launches later this fall and then in the U.S. early next year. The Santa Fe will benefit from some styling updates along with powertrain and suspension upgrades, including a rumored direct injected gas engine. More to follow from Frankfurt next month.

*UPDATE: We've just received a pair of official renderings from Hyundai that lend much more definition to the next-gen Tucson crossover. Check them out in the high-res gallery below.



press release

Hyundai to reveal the new European SUV range at Frankfurt Motor Show


Offenbach, August 17th 2009,

Hyundai will strengthen its position as one of the leading brands in the European SUV sector when it presents an all-new addition to the brand's SUV line-up at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The ix35 joins the C-segment to replace the very successful Tucson, and will receive its world premiere at the Show on the 15th September. Alongside the ix35 will be the significantly-revised Santa Fe, which benefits from a wide range of engineering and cosmetic changes to fine-tune the driving experience and make it even more competitive versus rival D-segment SUVs.

These debutants will reach showrooms during the next six months, enhancing Hyundai's offering in the SUV sector. Throughout the decade Hyundai has regularly ranked among the top five brands for SUV sales in Europe. A strong product range and high levels of customer loyalty boosted the company's share of the European SUV market from 5,6 by 2002.

Since then Hyundai has consistently demonstrated its strength in the sector, notably in the popular – and growing – C-segment. The Tucson has been a top-10 SUV in this segment since 2004, selling 63.000 units across Europe at its peak and taking over 20 market share, and has also placed in the segment's top 10 every year since 2004.

"SUVs have been a cornerstone of our success for many years and have helped to raise awareness of the Hyundai brand in Europe," says Allan Rushforth, Vice-President of Hyundai Motor Europe. "With Tucson in particular we have demonstrated our expertise in producing SUVs which not only meet consumer expectations but also help to shape the sector itself."


Mr. Rushforth added, "Building on these strong foundations, we expect to capitalize on the growing market demand for compact SUVs with the introduction of the new ix35 – an efficient, Europe-focused model with real showroom appeal. It will join the ix55 and revised Santa Fe in a new-look range of SUVs, supporting the significant growth in market share we have achieved this year."

The ix35 represents a major step forward for Hyundai in Europe. It is the first SUV to be conceived and engineered in Europe at the company's Frankfurt-based design and technical centers. The newcomer embodies Hyundai's new design language – 'fluidic sculpture' – and carries over much of the confident, sweeping styling of the ix-onic concept car, which starred at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

The upgrades for Santa Fe include revisions to the powertrain, steering and suspension. Mated to the recently-launched diesel engine, codenamed 'R', these modifications have created a balanced and refined model, well suited to on-road and off-road demands.

Further information about ix35 and the new-look Santa Fe will be announced nearer the time of the Show.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It does look very Kuga-like, but to be honest, it looks like a better Kuga.
      Bravo, Hyundai!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be interested as to how they have redesigned the engines - the current model is attractive enough, but its a little piggy for the size, especially with the 2.7L V6/AWD. Yes, a small turbo four would be nice, but AWD will (and should) be an option for those that want to save money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tuscon will have a 6-speed manual as standard. Possibly the 2.0 Turbo engine from the Genesis Coupe. Can you say AWD SUV boost hooliganism ?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The Turbo would be nice, but there is alot of speculation that it will get a 200hp direct injection version of the 2.4L 4-cyl. That's 27hp higher than the current 2.7L V6 in the Tuscon, and I'm sure it's alot lighter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a lot of numbers and letters on the back. I never understood why so many mechanical components need to be advertised on the back of cars. If you buy it you know what's in it - it says so right on the sticker. Why does the person driving behind you need to know if you've got a V6, Stability Control, Electronic Fuel Injection or whatever?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's an indirect way to advertise what's available on the car (IMO).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Outright rip-off of Ford's kinetic styling theme. Note the shape of the main grill opening, and those two openings on the outer edges of the bumpers. Theft, pure and simple.

        Seriously, if you'd shown me this, I'd have said it's a new Ford. Perhaps a Fiesta-based crossover, or something like that.

        Ford ought to sue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another one is ABS. I care if the guy behind me has it - not the guy in front.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ABS/EFI were popular labels on cars like 15 years ago on GM cars to show they were "advanced." Nowadays cars only seem to advertise the size of their engines and 4WD/AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh, it's alright. The front end is way too busy though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great. Toyota and Honda better watch out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this design a lot . It is very sleek yet masculine looking and adds more credit to Hyundai's other models, though Hyundai does have one big problem with all their new car designs from 2006 and up. Like with both genesis models, the new Equus model ,the updated sonata sedan, the Santa fe, the Accent Hatchback and Elantra sedan and esp the Elantra touring wagon. The problem is which to buy as their all beautiful looking and have soul to their designs ! As for the ,accent sedan and azera sedan, I am not too thrilled with those models, though I am sure they still offer good reliable transportation though for the price! Hyundai is really yanking their claws deep into Toyota's back and this new model is just a sharper claw .
      • 5 Years Ago
      So if Bentley "teases" a new modell, we get beautifull dark shots, barely revealing the silouette of the car. If Hyundai wants to do the same, we get a low resolution shot taken with a cellphone in a garage.

      Note to self: Never buy a Hyundai...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, AJJB. Perfect reason why you should never buy a Hyundai. Your logic is sound.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey guys, at the time I wrote my comment, it was just the shot showing the naming scheme. (which in itself is ridiculous if you're going to "tease a car") Then the post was updated, as you can see in the headline, which rendered my comment useless, but I assumed readers here would understand. Same goes for a little bit of irony.

        Luckily you guys were able to step in and not only to prove me wrong but to insult me as well. Well done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AJJB, please for the sake of humanity, never buy an automobile, period.

        In reference to the "cell phone pics in garage", those were not "teasers" they were "spy shots" or "leaks" from an Australian film crew or passer-by. Hyundai, a multi-billion dollar entity, has enough money to purchase a photo shoot thank you.



        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? Those are some concept renders and a high quality shot. You wish your phone could take pictures like that
        • 5 Years Ago
        What in the hell are you nattering about? Two of the pics are renderings, no camera, cell-phone or otherwise, involved. The one of the back of the car is hardly low-res; if you click on the Hi-res button, it has so much detail you can make out the metallic flakes in the paint.

        Note to you: learn how to spell "model."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Tucson has a lot of Ford's Kinetic design language in it. That could pass as a next generation Kuga.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But the Tucson's design is from the 2006 Genus concept.
        http://www.thecarconnection.com/pictures/autoshow_geneva_100010299
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ J & Ligor:

        Search HED concept and see if this car is a copy & paste.


        I smell a troll.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeap,
        Hyundai is using Infiniti and M-B designs then just ripping them off
        - For Kia they went to Fod Europe and ripped them off

        I'll second the 'Note to self: Never buy a Hyundai' from above comments
        • 5 Years Ago
        i thought it's a Kuga with sport pack or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ligor:

        "I'm not going to buy a car because it looks like another car." Just checking, sounds as stupid as I thought. Since Ford was/is short-sighted enough not to make the Kuga available in the U.S., I'll take Tuscon, especially if they keep the weight down and price it reasonably.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly, there was a Kuga lurking around their design studios. The Kia Venga has a smiliar Fiesta vibe to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that front end and grill. Hyundai will easily begin to pass Toyota and Honda styling if this design trend continues across their models. They are doing to Toyo/Honda what they did the to American cars in the 80s, show the buyer how boring they look.

      • 5 Years Ago
      looks pretty good.. cant wait to see what it actually looks like.. probably will be my next car purchase although my 2000 elantra just wont die!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Far and away better than the current Tucson, which is a sad joke. Miniscule cargo, patheticly slow, horrific body roll, amazingly bad MPG with a 1980's bad plastic interior. This one has nowhere to go but up.
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