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2017 Hyundai Tucson – Connected and More Refined

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SE 2.0L 6-speed Auto FWD $22,700 0-60: 7.6 seconds
SE 2.0L 6-speed Auto AWD $24,100 Top Speed: 130 mph
SE Plus 2.0L 6-speed Auto FWD $26,750 Horsepower: 164 to 175 hp
SE Plus 2.0L 6-speed Auto AWD $28,150 MPG: Up to 26 city / 32 highway
Eco 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT FWD $24,150 Dimensions: 176'L x 73'W x 65'H
Eco 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT AWD $25,550 Towing capacity: 1,000 lbs
Sport 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT FWD $27,300 Cargo volume: 31 ft³, 61.9 ft³ with seat area
Sport 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT AWD $27,800
NIGHT 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT FWD $27,800
NIGHT 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT AWD $29,200
Limited 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT FWD $29,775
Limited 1.6L Turbo 7-speed DCT AWD $31,175

The latest generation Hyundai Tucson is one of the most beautiful, modern and functional cars automakers have released in recent years. It has many features and aesthetics with great appeal to Millennials as well as other age groups. Hyundai Tucson’s design language reminds us of solid German cars, perfectionized with modest Korean craftsmanship.

The award-winning Tucson lineup continues to improve its offering to consumers for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from interior detail and material enhancements to premium audio, infotainment and connectivity. 

Exterior and Design

The front is dominated by a hexagonal-shaped grille, enhanced by available high-efficiency LED twin-projector headlights, LED headlight accents and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Tucson offers a long wheelbase for enhanced design proportions, interior flexibility and a smooth ride. 19-inch alloy wheels are offered with a dynamic spoke design, housed in forward-raking wheel arches. Roof rails are sleek and low-profile for a clean, yet functional appearance. From the rear, a Z-shaped character line above the rear wheel accentuates an aggressive, sporty side profile. The rear angle conveys stability and a wide, sporty stance, for agility both on and off-road. The taillights also apply LED technology, creating a premium design element, while providing enhanced visibility from the rear. Finally, twin, bevel-cut chrome exhaust tips and a standard rear spoiler add even more sporty cues from the rear view. Tucson’s coefficient of drag was achieved through a special aerodynamic design focus on the A-pillar design, rear spoiler side trim and underbody panels, all of which reduce air vortex and resulting aerodynamic drag.

Interior and Electronics

A premium, wrapped instrument panel will be offered, with extra-wide instrument panel contours to enhance occupants’ overall sense of interior roominess. A stitched, soft-touch pad is located near the driver’s right knee, for better comfort during long commutes or spirited cornering. Interior touch points offer premium, soft-touch materials. All interior switchgear has a more refined feel during operation. The overall ambience of roominess is further enhanced by an available full-length panoramic sunroof, allowing both front and rear passengers day or night skyward visibility. Tucson also offers a dual-level rear cargo floor further enhancing cargo-carrying versatility. The rear liftgate opening is large and offers good cargo flexibility, while the 60/40 rear seatbacks provide 37 degrees of available recline.

The Tucson offers ventilated front seats and YES Essentials® stain-resistant seats, now on all fabrics. The Tucson also offers a Smart Power Liftgate with auto-open. The Smart Power Liftgate enables the Tucson owner to automatically open the rear liftgate, hands-free, by simply standing within a few feet of the liftgate for a few seconds with the key fob in a pocket or purse. 

The Tucson offers a standard five-inch color LCD display with rearview camera and touchscreen function for intuitive operation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also available along with Apple Siri® “Eyes Free” integration. On the navigation-equipped Tucson, popular apps such as Pandora® Internet Radio are already integrated with the multimedia system. Tucson also offers Hyundai’s navigation system, with an advanced, eight-inch display for easy legibility. The screen also offers a split-screen display with both map and music data available simultaneously.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

Base models offer the Nu engine family, 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds. EPA fuel economy for the 2.0L FWD model is rated at 23 (city), 30 (highway), 26 (combined). Furthermore, powertrain NVH has been reduced through hydraulic transmission mounting and recalibrated engine mounts.

Eco, Sport and Limited models offer the Gamma engine family, 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque delivery starts at only 1,500 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness and performance in everyday driving conditions. The turbocharger features low-inertia turbo-spooling response characteristics and an electronic wastegate control for more precise control of manifold pressure. Internally, piston-cooling oil jets ensure cooler piston temperatures for enhanced engine life. The Gamma engine also features a water jacket insert that prioritizes cooling in the upper level of the cylinder block where more combustion heat is generated, resulting in lower cylinder head temperatures and allowing for leaner air/fuel mixtures for better fuel efficiency.

The turbo engine is coupled to a 7-Speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT). This Hyundai-developed dual-clutch transmission offers outstanding efficiency with quick, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration. EPA fuel economy for this powertrain on Eco FWD models is 26 (city), 32 (highway), 28 (combined). Sport and Limited FWD turbo engine models are rated at 25 (city), 30 (highway), 27 (combined).

Next-Generation BLUE LINK®

Tucson offers the next-generation of Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Car services with enhanced safety, service and infotainment. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Stop, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Many of these features can even be controlled via the latest Android Wear ™ and Apple Watch offerings.

Available Packages

Connected Care package (complimentary for 1-year):

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Monthly Vehicle Health Report
  • Maintenance Alerts
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
  • Service Link
  • Blue Link App (smartphone, smartwatch)
  • On-Demand Diagnostics
  • Driving Information

Remote package:

  • Remote Start with Climate Control
  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Car Finder via Mobile App
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Stolen Vehicle Immobilization
  • Alarm Notification
  • Vehicle Safeguard Alerts
  • Geo-Fence
  • Valet Alert
  • Speed/Curfew Alert

Guidance package:

  • Destination search powered by Google®
  • Destination Send-to-Car by Google®

by Greg Mc Kenzie
Independent Contributor

source: Hyundai USA

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