Hyundai Motor Co. is giving the redesigned Tucson crossover 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 last week.Features include skid control, downhill brake control, a panoramic sunroof and rearview 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.
The North American redesign drops the V-6 option. Instead, Hyundai 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 gets 176 hp, up from 173 hp for the previous 2.7-liter V-6, Gadacz 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 company's European studio in Russelsheim, Germany.
The North American version will be made in Ulsan, South Korea.
Hyundai wants global sales of 300,000 units in 2011, the vehicle's first full year of worldwide sales. About 260,000 will be sold overseas, the company predicts.