Hyundai Motor Co. is giving the redesigned Tucson SUV more sweeping contours and upscale features, hoping the overhaul will boost global sales to 300,000 units a year, from 250,000 in 2008.
The redesigned Tucson went on sale in South Korea today. Features include skid control, downhill brake control, a panoramic sunroof and rear-view camera.
The U.S. version goes on sale in the first quarter of 2010. Its specifications will be announced in December at the Los Angeles auto show. U.S. sales are expected to begin late this year or early next year.
The North American redesign drops the V-6 option. Instead, it will offer either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. When paired with the new transmission, the 2.4-liter engine will surpass the old V-6 in power and fuel economy, spokesman Oles Gadacz said.
In-house testing of the engines tuned for and sold in Korea show the 2.4-liter engine gets 176 hp, up from 173 hp for the previous 2.7-liter V-6, he said. He did not give numbers for the U.S. version.
The revamped Tucson also has more streamlined styling, courtesy of designer Thomas Buerkle, who led the overhaul at the companys European studio in Russelsheim, Germany.
The North American version will be made at Hyundais Ulsan plant in South Korea.
Hyundai is targeting global sales of 300,000 units in 2011, the vehicles first full year of worldwide sales. About 260,000 of those will be sold overseas, the company predicts.