Today Hyundai showed off a concept that most are saying will morph into the 2010 Tucson. Called the HED-6 ix-onic, it is one of the concept vehicles that will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
What can the HED-6 ix-onic tell us about the new Hyundai Tucson, set to bow later in 2009? For one, it features a production-ready 1.6-liter four that makes ample power (175 hp) and boasts an ultra-low emission profile (149 g/km CO2). As CO2 emissions are a direct result of hydrocarbons consumed, the new Tucson should yield admirable economy. The engine will use direct injection to achieve its high power and efficiency.
Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic ConceptEnlarge Photo
Known internationally as the IX35 (Infiniti lawyers are surely contemplating copyright violations), the new small SUV/crossover platform will also feature a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four with 185 hp for international markets. Lack of popularity and high fuel prices make the diesel unlikely for the U.S., at least presently.
The pleasing shape seems to meld bits of Kia Soul with Mazda CX-7/CX-9 for an adroit, sporty little urban crossover. Before you bemoan the arrival of - yawn - yet another little crossover, give this one props for putting efficiency first.