• Sep 5th 2009 at 12:07PM
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2010 Hyundai Tucson - click above for high-res image gallery

Just last week, Hyundai revealed the new ix35 compact crossover in its home market of South Korea. When it arrives at U.S. dealers late this year, it will retain the Tucson nameplate used on the current-generation model. This week, we stumbled across what looks to be a production-ready Tucson here in Michigan, completely devoid of camouflage and missing only its badges.

As we saw in the photos from Korea, the new Tucson is very similar to Hyundai's ix-onic concept shown in Geneva last March. The biggest exterior differences are the front foglights, the rear taillamps and the CUV's lower fascia. From what we were able to see of the interior, the design of the concept is also carried over verbatim.

We expect for the Tucson to make its official U.S. debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this November.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      @Steve, jsjs, futurama:

      I’m not an automotive design professional, but I’m still entitled to my opinion, regardless of how uninformed you may think it is. Referencing the design cues of cars that are already on the road when assessing the looks of a new car is how the majority of the car-buying public does it. If this makes me an “idiot” in the eyes of auto design elitists like yourselves, then so be it. Not everyone knows the chronology of various concept cars, which designer worked for which automaker, etc.

      I understand that designers can only go so far due to the constraints of manufacturing techniques, packaging, safety regulations, materials, etc. but some car makers follow styling trends to a fault. If, as Steve and futurama suggest, auto design professionals are getting a good laugh at the comments of the great unwashed, a.k.a. average consumers, perhaps they should try to pen less derivative designs (or convince their bosses to let them) so we don't have a reason to make such "ignorant" comments in the first place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And, New Tucson designed by Hyundai european team.,
        • 6 Years Ago
        And to alI the idiots crying about the Hyundai's design saying that the Koreans are plagiarizing... Genesis/Genesis Coupe was designed by Joel Piaskowski(american) who was the Hyundai Design Director at Hyundai's California Design Center. By the way, Joel Piaskowski has recently been taken by Mercedes Benz to be the head of design there...Seems like all the crying is just xenophobia.

        "Phillip Zak is a now design chief of Hyundai who was design director of GM Europe, where he headed the Opel and Saab exterior studios."

        Phillip Zak is a now design chief of Hyundai who was design director of GM Europe, where he headed the Opel and Saab exterior studios. he led were those for the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, 2010 GMC Terrain and 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt.

        Peter Schreyer is a chief desiner of Kia, who was responsible for designing the Audi.

        you claim that Hyundai/Kia are copycat? = You prove it american/european's poor ability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks ten times better than the Honda Crosscrap but that grill sucks. It reminds me too much of Mazda's grill. What is it with car company and ugly grills nowadays? Why are they so ugly? Is because of safety standards?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL this car looks so pissed off...like you just made fun of it for being a pansy SUV or that it's already mad at what it is... Not terrible looking, but I think that all Hyundais are just....missing...something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As the owner of a first generation Tucson, I can say this is an improvement on styling. However, more importantly, I hope they fixed some serious deficiencies such as poor performance and poor fuel economy. With my V6 AWD, I only average 20mpg with mostly highway driving. That would be more acceptable if it had perhaps 50 more horsepower. Vehicles need to provide either performance or economy, or preferrably both. The first gen Tucson provides neither. It has been incredibly reliable and held up very well. Unfortunately, some of the engine servicing is on the ridiculous side and would have made me buy something else if I had known/investigated before purchase. The V6 timing belt requires change every 60k miles. To change the spark plugs and wires is over $300 since it requires removal of the intake manifold to get at the rear bank of plugs. The prices wouldn't seem so bad if I got some performance in return. But only 173 hp from that V6 is inadequate. And I can't help but believe that if there is only a 4 cylinder engine option with 160 some odd horsepower, this new Hyundai Tucson will be even significantly more underpowered. Especially if it retains its current 3500lb curb weight.

      The original Tucson had a lot of potential, but Hyundai never capitalized on it fully. It should have been outfitted with at least a 5 speed auto or CVT and had at least a 200hp engine option.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The latest 2.4L 4cyl from Hyundai will put out 200 hp. Tucson may also have the 2.0L as the base engine with ~165 hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I'm seeing a lot of Kuga/Fiesta mashed with Murano and EX35. Not bad looking at all, but very obviously derivative - which I guess the average buyer will not really notice.

      PS: what the hell is up with every single Autoblog post now littered with unrelated Crosstour bashing ? Looking at the Crosstour, I can understand why some people would be "meh" about it, but I don't see what's so polarizing about it to warrant being mentioned in every new car post as the pinnacle of ugliness. Beats me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It certainly looks sharp!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the hyund-hate, it looks good, this nit picking with what car it reminds you of is entertaining but old.... car company's have been borrowing (stealing,copycatting) cars for decades at least Hyundai is doing it right, keep it up Hyundai , as long as u keep stealing the good looking parts of other cars i have no complaints
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      call me when they can come up with their own damn designs and not look alikes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Honda Insight grill on this thing is not working.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd take this over that fugly Crosstour any day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow people are visually challenged these days. I laugh when people try way to hard to compare hyundai/kia's to other cars. This to a Rouge, a Fiesta, a RAV4, a grille of a honda insight ? this design does have hints of other car designs but it's not a definite hard copy of other cars like the current gen sonata (cough, honda accord). Hyundai is improving and it's heading to a good direction
      • 6 Years Ago
      RockStoneSteel!!! Many thanks! I have heard about hyundai is cheap to buy, but expensive to own... you really confirmed it why!! Thanks... I will just stick with either Honda or Toyota! They are not expensive to purchase, but it is cheap to own!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Car's do not come with life expectancies on them. A car's life expecancy largely depends on how well maintained it is and what kind of driving and environment it is exposed to. Some cars are just built better than others. Some Hyundai tucson's may crap out after 5 years and yet others may last 20 years.
        • 6 Years Ago

        In 2003, According to Consumer Reports, Hyundai’s reliability rankings tied Hondas.

        Hyundai’s reliability already same level with Honda 6 years ago.
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