The Hyundai Tucson has sat at the sidelines because the new Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport get the entire headlines, but that isn’t be the case for long. A camouflaged Hyundai Tucson, often known as the ix35 in Europe, was spied testing, suggesting a refreshed model is likely to be at the way.
Although the crossover wears an honest amount of camouflage, we are able to see a brand new grille design peeking out from underneath. Don’t be surprised if the refreshed Tucson’s front end resembles the only found at the fuel-cell powered Tucson (pictured below), meaning a trapezoidal front grille with chrome horizontal slats replacing the split grille found at the current car. Foglights also seem to have a circular design versus squared-off ones at the current Tucson.
A revised taillight design can also make it at the production 2014 Tucson, corresponding to the changes spotted on a 2014 Sonata in a commercial aired through the Super Bowl. According to our sneak-peek contained in the Tucson mule, it seems that the refreshed crossover won’t see major changes. The protruding chrome-lined instrument gauges remain, as does the familiar center stack. Engine tweaks at the U.S.-spec model could boost EPA-rated fuel economy, but for now, we’ll just must be patient the freshened-up car when it’s revealed, likely on the Frankfurt show in September.
The Hyundai Tucson may benefit from some changes, considering it finished in ninth place for 2012 sales within the popular compact crossover class. What does the refreshed Tucson move up the ranks Tell us within the comments below.
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The Hyundai Tucson/ix35 prototype is shown below in addition to the Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell crossover.