LA Auto Show: Hyundai presents the attractive new Tucson crossover

For the 2009 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show, South Korean carmaker Hyundai prepared two new and attractive surprises for its US market, the new Sonata, which we revealed last week, and the new Tucson (or ix35 as it is known in Europe now), which both offer a new design plus great fuel economy, cementing Hyundai’s place as the most economic car brand in the USA.

Sporting a design born at the company’s Frankfurt studio, the new Tucson definitely looks out of this world, and besides retaining almost the exact dimensions, both inside and outside, you can’t really say it has anything to do with the last generation.

It will first be available with the 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine, which develops 176 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel average of 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway, in front-wheel drive, in case you want all four-wheels to power the Tucson, you’ll get numbers around 21 and 28 mpg. Those of you with a hunger for more power might see a GDI (Gasoline Direct-Injection) unit next year, and those who want even better fuel averages might see a lighter 2.0-liter engine in a Tucson “Blue” edition. All these engines will be offered with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

While on the outside the new design will certainly turn some heads, on the inside things are even more interesting, with passengers benefiting from increased space, as well as a few more storage spaces and an enlarged trunk. For that extra effect, you can order a panoramic sunroof as an option.

Expect the new Tucson to be available in showrooms in a few weeks, but with such great qualities, it won’t stay there for long. Enjoy the photo gallery below!

Photo Gallery: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

Source: Hyundai

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