The new small SUV’s unveiling will also mark the end of the ix35 name, with Hyundai confirming that it will return the Tucson badge to the global stage.
The Tucson name was last seen in Australia with the first-generation model that left production in 2009, replaced soon after by the ix35 - although a number of markets continued with the small SUV’s original name.
The new model will be expected to continue the current model’s sales success, sitting comfortably atop Australia’s small-SUV segment with 17,922 sales in 2014.
To help get it there, Hyundai’s design boss Peter Schreyer has produced “a bold and athletic presence” for the new model, describing it as a “big step forward for the Hyundai brand globally”.
“Its design is characterised by flowing surfaces, bold proportions, sharp lines and most important our brand signature hexagonal grille,” he said.
It is clear from today’s sketch and recent spy photos that the new third-generation Tucson will follow the Santa Fe and the new Sonata into the next evolution of Hyundai’s design language, taking on a sharper and more upmarket look.
An Audi-like look dominates the front end, while the profile again reveals a long and raked belt line above a strong character line carving through the doors and rear quarter guard.
Stay tuned to TMR for the Tucson’s full unveiling in Geneva next month, if not sooner.
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