2011 Hyundai Tucson Review - FLDetours
There are dual-stage frontal impact airbags, torso side-impact airbags built into the front seats, and curtain airbags for side-impact protection for front and rear passengers.Changes for 2006 were minimal. The LX became the Limited and got color-coded cladding, automatic climate control, and a high-performance sound system . The GLS retained the gray cladding but 'HYUNDAI' is no longer branded into the cladding on the front doors. The GLS also got improved cloth seats with the option of a heating element. Both GLS and Limited got redesigned alloy wheels. The base GL remains unchanged.Changes for 2007 were also minimal. The GL and GLS trims were renamed to GLS and SE, respectively, to match the standard for all new Hyundai vehicles.2009 Tucsons see minor restyling and trim changes. Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) is a test vehicle for Hyundai's 2nd generation hydrogen fuel cell. The vehicle includes a 80 kW electric motor by Enova Systems of Torrance, California, UTC Fuel Cells by South Windsor, Connecticut, 152V battery co-developed by Hyundai Motor Co. and LG Chem in Seoul, Korea, 152 litres (33 imp gal; 40 US gal) hydrogen storage tanks developed by Dynetek Industries Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The vehicle has range of 300 kilometres (186.4 mi) and top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The vehicle was unveiled in 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show. Tucson FCEV completed a 4,300-mile (6,900 km) journey as part of the Hydrogen Road Tour 2008. It is an Italian version of Tucson 2.0 capable of using both petrol and LPG fuels. The Tucson received accolades from Canadian Car of the Year Best New Crossover award for 2005. Hyundai Tucson named as one of the most reliable vehicles from 2009 Consumer Reports reliability survey.
In Europe, Hyundai ix35 (also called 'Hyundai Tucson ix') replaced Hyundai Tucson name. The ix35 was unveiled in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The power output, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety features have been all upgraded. Known by the project name LM, it took 36 months and 280 billion won (approx. US$225 million) to develop. Saeki Yoshikazu, Toyota engineer, who is a chief engineer of Toyota RAV4 said, "I test drove Tucson ix. Even I think Tucson ix is a very good vehicle. It is a very stylish, too."[The ix35's styling was reported to be based on Hyundai ix-onic concept. The ix35 was penned by former BMW designer Thomas Buerkle at Hyundai's Russelsheim design studio in Germany and continues the company's stlyling language, marketed as "fluidic sculpture". The compact sports utility vehicle has sweeping coupe-like lines, a premium vehicle feel and comes with features unavailable on its predecessor.Tucson/ix35 is equipped with one of three engines: an all-new 2-litre diesel R engine or one of two Theta-II gasoline engine variants (2.0L or 2.4L). The automatic transmission is Hyundai’s all-new six-speed design. The diesel engine, available outside of North America, meets the Euro-5 emissions standards and achieves 15.4 kilometers per liter fuel economy with maximum power output of 184 horsepower. The 2.0L gasoline engine has a fuel economy of 11.7 kilometers per liter with 166 horsepower. In South Korea, the diesel engine is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive configurations, while the 2.0L gasoline engine is available only in front-wheel-drive. The North American versions are powered by either the 2.0L or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 176 horsepower mated to the six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine makes almost the same power as the previous generation V6 engine while managing 20% better fuel economy than the previous generation four-cylinder.The second-generation Hyundai Tucson earned 'Top Safety Pick' award from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US.