Published on August 17th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
How Hyundai Engineers Made The Tucson A Segment Leader
Most crossover and SUV buyers come from car ownership and the move up to a new vehicle segment presents a need to be in a much better vehicle, be it NVH, drive dynamics and or cabin comfort. So, for Hyundai engineers, it was a challenge they set themselves to produce a new Tucson that will meet all or most crossover buyer requirements.
No area of this all new 3rd-generation Tucson crossover utility vehicle was left untouched by Hyundai engineers, but particular attention was placed on re-engineering the chassis for improved ride and handling, and importantly, better NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) characteristics.
Not surprisingly, the 2016 Tucson platform is larger than the previous generation’s; however, engineers focused on improving width and wheelbase for greater ride comfort and linear stability.
Hyundai have a full lineup of CUVs, so they know what they are doing when it comes to providing the best for driving maneuverability and ease of parking in our ever tight cities and towns. So Hyundai engineers in designing this new Tucson focused on getting the best width that they could, at 72.8 in, and also the best wheelbase at 105.1 in, which gives a sense of stability in the drive.
Compared to the previous Tucson model, this new Tucson is 1.1 in (27.9 mm) wider, with a 1.2-in (30.5-mm) increase in wheelbase. The front and rear overhangs were increased “in smaller proportion,” centering more of the Tucson’s mass within the wheelbase for better handling response and control. The CUV is 3 in (76 mm) longer overall than the outgoing model, at 176.2 in (4475 mm).
Based on Hyundai’s internal tests at its R&D center in Ann Arbor, USA, the new Tucson has achieved better road noise (65.5 dBA), idle noise (61.7 dBA), and wind noise (67.2 dBA) over its outgoing model. These figures also better the immediate competition from Japan.
This all new Tucson offers a good engine and drive dynamics. The cabin is comfortable, spacious and user-friendly, with available state-of-the-art entertainment system. Top-notch occupant safety equipment and crash avoidance features are standard. HSDM is also offering 50,000km free service with a validity of 3 years with every purchase of the new Tucson, which is equivalent to 6 times of free service.
Hyundai Tucson Nu 2.0 MPi Specifications
Engine: In-line 4 direct injection petrol
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Max Power: 157PS @ 6200RPM
Max Torque: 196NM @ 4,000
Top Speed: NA