And while the ix35 sits in the small SUV category, the Tucson is a medium-sized offering with a 2670mm wheelbase, 4475mm overall length, 1850mm width and 1655mm height (1660mm with roof rails), making it longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces.
Cabin space benefits as a result, with Hyundai saying the new Tucson offers "substantially more" than the ix35.
Material quality also improves, and boot space is listed at 513 litres with the back row of seats in their upright position.
That extra size will help justify its higher pricing over the ix35, with the entry-level Tucson Active 2WD manual retailing at $27,990 - $1000 more than the outgoing ix35 Active.
However, the Active isn't due to arrive until the start of the fourth quarter this year, making the newly-introduced ActiveX spec the price leader at launch at $30,490 in 2WD manual configuration.
It will offer more features than the ix35 as well. Autonomous emergency braking, LED headlamps, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and a powered tailgate will be available.
Apple's CarPlay phone connectivity system will be available from September while Android Auto support will be added to the range from early 2016. Note, however, that these features will be available only to the Active and Active X.
The only connectivity feature on the higher-grade Elite and Highlander will be Bluetooth.
Four engines will be offered, three petrol, one diesel. The low-end Active and ActiveX will be available with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, while the Elite and Highlander will be auto-only.
The Highlander grades will be exclusively AWD, with the Active and ActiveX offered as front wheel-drive models. The Elite will be the only model available in either configuration.
Two versions of Hyundai's "Nu" 2.0 litre petrol four-pot will be available in the Active and ActiveX grades: a 121kW direct-injected motor for the ActiveX, and a port-injected derivative for the Active (power outputs have yet to be confirmed).
The port-injected 2.0 litre petrol will also be available in the Elite.
The Elite and Highlander can be specced with one of two turbo engines. On the petrol-drinking side is a detuned version of the Veloster SR Turbo's 1.6 litre four-pot with 130kW, while a 136kW 2.0 litre diesel sits at the top of the range.
The 1.6 turbo gets the Veloster's seven-speed twin-clutch automatic as standard. Opt for the diesel and you receive a more traditional torque converter six-speed auto.
- Standard features to be confirmed closer to launch
ActiveX (over Active variant):
- 18” alloy wheels with 225/55R18 tyres
- 6 airbags (driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full length curtains)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Rear view camera with dynamic guidelines
- Rear parking assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- Projector beam headlamps with escort and welcome function
- Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
- Front Fog Lamps
- Leather appointed* seats
- Premium steering wheel & gear knob
- 7” touchscreen audio w/ MP3 capability, 6 speakers, & works with Apple CarPlay (September) & Android Auto (early 2016)
- Steering wheel mounted audio controls
- Electric folding / heated side mirrors
- Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
- Roof Rails
Elite (over Active variant):
- 17” alloy wheels with 225/60R17 tyres
- Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
- LED headlamps with static bending lamps
- Electrically adjusted driver’s seat (10 way incl. lumbar)
- Electronic Park-Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold function
- Dual zone climate control air conditioning with auto defog function
- Proximity smart key with push button start
- 8” touchscreen satellite navigation with 3 year map update plan
- Smart Tailgate function (hands-free power tailgate)
- Rain sensing wipers
- Solar glass with Privacy
- LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors
- Steering wheel mounted phone controls
Specifications below ActiveX:
- Cloth seats instead of Leather appointed* seats
- 17” alloy wheels instead of 18” alloy wheels
- No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability
- No Matte grey effect insert on side garnish
Highlander (over Elite variant):
- 19” alloy wheels with 245/45R19 with Continental ContiSportContact5
- Front parking assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) High line system
- LED tail lamps with bulb turn signal & reverse lights
- Electrically adjusted front passenger’s seat (6 way incl. lumbar)
- Leather appointed* seats
- Heated & air ventilated front seats
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD) incorporating Lane Change Assist (LCA)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Twin tip trapezoidal exhaust
- 4.2” TFT LCD colour display in Supervision cluster
The Tucson range will launch at the start of August with the ActiveX, Elite and Highlander grades initially available, with the Active model to be added later in the year.
- Active 2.0 MPi 2WD manual $27,990
- Active 2.0 MPi 2WD automatic $30,490
- ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD manual: $30,490
- ActiveX 2.0 GDi 2WD automatic: $32,990
- Elite 2.0 MPi 2WD $35,240
- Elite 1.6 turbo AWD automatic:$38,240
- Elite 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $40,240
- Highlander 1.6 turbo AWD automatic: $43,490
- Highlander 2.0 CRDi diesel AWD automatic: $45,490
All prices do not include on-road costs