Refreshed 2014 Hyundai Tucson Ups Fun And Value Quotients

          Refreshed 2014 Hyundai Tucson Ups Fun And Value Quotients

Standard Gasoline Direct Injection Technology and Standard SACHS Amplitude
Selective Damping Improve Driving Performance for All

PR Newswire

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Hyundai Tucson, known for
its combination of style and function, adds even more value in 2014 with
advanced 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
engines, enhancing torque and engine responsiveness. With GDI standard on
Tucson, like its big-brother Santa Fe, every Hyundai CUV now features this
performance-enhancing technology. Tucson is the first Hyundai to receive the
2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the United States. It will be applied to other
models later in the 2014 model year.



Tucson's new GDI engines are complemented with all-new standard SACHS
Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD) for optimum ride, handling and driving
comfort. 2014 Tucson also adds a host of available new refinements, including
Hyundai's Blue Link safety, service and infotainment telematics system,
two-stage reclining rear seats and third-generation navigation with a larger
seven-inch touchscreen display and HD Radio technology. The 2014 Tucson will
be available at Hyundai dealerships in fall of 2013.

NEW FOR 2014:
Performance Enhancements

  oNew 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II GDI inline four-cylinder engines
    replace Multi Port Injection (MPI) engines
  oStandard SACHS amplitude selective dampers for better ride quality
  oEntry-level Tucson GLS with 2.0-liter Nu engine now available with AWD

Safety and Technology Enhancements

  oStandard Blue Link and Hyundai Assurance Connected Care on Tucson Limited
  oThird generation navigation with larger seven-inch touchscreen and HD
    Radio technology
  oStandard Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  o4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen audio with rearview camera

Interior Enhancements

  oTwo-stage reclining 60/40 split rear seats
  oStandard tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  oFloor console mounted rear vents
  oStandard-steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls
  oCupholder illumination
  oNew interior colors, beige and brown

Exterior Enhancements

  oNew projector headlights with LED accents
  oLED taillights
  oShark-fin antenna on Limited trim
  oRoof side rails with panoramic sunroof
  oNew 17-inch (standard) and 18-inch (optional) alloy wheel designs

In a segment where GDI engines are not normally found, the addition of the
2.0-liter Nu GDI engine to the Tucson GLS will be popular with consumers. The
new 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine produces an estimated 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm
and 151 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Performance gains were achieved by
equipping the engine with an efficient, responsive GDI fuel delivery system.
In the Tucson, the engine delivers higher peak torque at lower rpm for
enhanced everyday driving dynamics when compared with a similar multi-port
fuel injected engine. Equipping the Nu four-cylinder engine with GDI ensures a
good balance between performance and fuel economy. The entry-level 2014 Tucson
GLS with the 2.0-liter Nu engine will also offer AWD for the first time. AWD
was not available on the entry-level 2013 Tucson GL. The Tucson with the
2.0-liter GDI engine achieves an EPA estimated 23 mpg city fuel economy figure
with a ULEV emissions rating.

Engine                              Torque    EPA Estimated Fuel Economy (mpg)
                                    (lb-ft)   City       Highway    Combined
2013MY Theta II 2.0-liter I4 MPI
vs.                                 146- 151 22- 23    29- 29    25-25

2014MY Nu 2.0-liter I4 GDI

Tucson buyers looking for more horsepower and torque can choose the 2.4-liter
Theta II GDI engine, which has been well tested in the Sonata and Santa Fe
Sport. This engine has the ability to tow up to 2,000 pounds. With 182
horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque, Tucson SE and Limited deliver strong EPA
estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg combined, along with outstanding real-world
performance feel.

Engine                                        Horsepower Torque
2013MY Theta II 2.4-liter I4 MPI vs.
                                              176- 182  168- 177
2014MY Theta II 2.4-liter I4 Direct Injection


             2014      2014      2013      2013      2014      2014      2014
Vehicle      Tucson    CR-V      Rogue     RAV4      Escape    CX-5      Forester
Displacement 2.4L      2.4L      2.5L      2.5L      2.5L      2.0L      2.5L
GDI          Yes       No        No        No        No        Yes       No
Horsepower   182@6,000 185@7,000 170@6,000 176@6,000 168@6,000 155@6,000 170@5,800
Torque       177@4,000 163@4,400 175@4,400 172@4,100 170@4,500 150@4,000 174@4,500
A/T          6-speed   5-speed   CVT       6-speed   6-speed   6-speed   CVT
EPA fuel                                                                 24/32/27
economy FWD  21/28/24  23/31/26  23/28/25  24/31/26  22/31/25  25/32/27
A/T                                                                      (AWD)
Emissions    PZEV/ULEV ULEV      PZEV/LEV  ULEV      LEV       ULEV      PZEV/LEV

All Tucson models utilize a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC^®
manual control. For 2014, the gated gear shifter has been upgraded to a
straight-type with boot for ease of use. Tucson models feature Hyundai's
Active ECO System. Active ECO modifies engine and transmission control to
smooth out throttle response. By turning on Active ECO, drivers can realize up
to a 5-7 percent increase in real-world fuel economy.

New projector headlights with LED accents and available wraparound LED
taillights stand out from Tucson's flowing lines, full surfaces and muscular
presence. This athletic design language is highlighted by bold, dynamic,
graphic elements such as the Hyundai family hexagonal front grille, aggressive
lower air intake, sculptured hood creases and sleek greenhouse. Chrome grille
accents and door handles lend sophistication to the top-of-the-line Tucson
Limited. The profile of Tucson features a sports car-like theme with a
double-zigzag treatment for the wheel arches that wrap around the standard
17-inch alloy wheels or the new 18-inch alloy wheel design. Roof rack rails
are now available with optional panoramic sunroof and standard shark-fin
antenna on Tucson Limited. 

The Tucson has always had outstanding rear legroom and now second row
passengers can recline their seats for even more comfort. The 2014 Tucson
continues to have more passenger volume than Rogue and Escape at 101.9 cubic
feet. The spacious cabin on Tucson Limited is further enhanced for all
passengers by the available panoramic sunroof. New beige and brown interior
colors add a more premium look and an upgraded instrument panel and upper door
trim materials add a more premium feel on SE and Limited models.

The high-tech cockpit comes standard with Hyundai's signature blue lighting,
tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise
controls, power windows, power door locks, fold-away mirrors and remote
keyless entry with alarm and panic button. Now even the front cupholders are
illuminated with blue light for nighttime drives. Another premium feature in
the Tucson Limited is dual front automatic temperature control with CleanAir
Ionizer that helps to kill germs within the system when the heater or air
conditioner is running. Other available features include leather seating
surfaces, heated front seats, power driver seat with lumbar support, automatic
headlights, front wiper de-icer and new floor console-mounted rear vents.

The 2014 Tucson's athletic shape is complemented with agile handling. Tucson
uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems for more
precise wheel control and a smoother ride. All four wheels are controlled by
coil springs and SACHS Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD), allowing tuning
flexibility at smaller damper displacements. The ASD suspension provides:

  oImproved ride comfort with more body/wheel control
  oIncreased driving comfort without compromised handling
  oOptimized road surface contact

The front suspension has a 24.5 mm hollow stabilizer bar to save weight, while
the rear suspension has a 15 mm (AWD) & 17 mm (FWD) solid stabilizer bar.
Larger stabilizer bars help to keep the vehicle flat during cornering and help
provide quick turn-in response.

Due to the suspension geometry and wider track width that enables greater turn
angles, Tucson's turning circle is 34.7 feet – an advantage Tucson drivers
will appreciate in their daily driving and parking. In fact, Tucson's turning
diameter bests Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

Vehicle              Turning diameter
2014 Hyundai Tucson  34.7
2013 Honda CR-V      37.0
2013 Nissan Rogue    37.4
2013Toyota RAV4      34.7
2014 Ford Escape     38.8
2014 Subaru Forester 34.8
2014 Mazda CX-5      36.7

^Source: AutoPlanner

The Tucson Limited offers an optional multifunction seven-inch touch-screen
display with navigation. This third-generation display features a simpler user
interface, enhanced voice recognition commands and improved navigation
screens. The system is more intuitive for commonly used tasks. Simple pop-up
messages now appear to help pair a cell phone and the voice recognition
software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The
route screens display speed limits and details the next three maneuvers. One
or two button pushes now complete most functions.

Tucson GLS and SE trims have a 160-watt AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system
with six speakers. This system includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio^® and
iPod^®/USB auxiliary inputs. The SE and Limited trims come equipped with a
4.3-inch color touchscreen audio with standard rearview camera. An available
premium audio system with navigation pumps out 360-watts of sound and includes
an external amplifier and subwoofer. It also plays compact discs, accesses
digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio and allows driver and
passenger to access their personal listening devices through the
iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a
phone to the audio system.

Available HD Radio technology is also equipped with the Navigation system. An
HD Radio icon on the display appears next to the channel frequency to notify
the user when a station is broadcasting in HD. Customers can also access
additional programming content provided by HD Radio Technology.

Hyundai's industry-leading telematics services program, Assurance Connected
Care, is standard on all 2014 Tucsons equipped with Blue Link, for three
years. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with
proactive safety and Car Care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics
system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced
Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly
Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile app for the Blue Link
telematics platform. The mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access
various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile
devices. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the app has been
significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user
experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and
Apple iOS users can download the app today from Google Play or Apple iTunes,

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless
connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered
in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

Blue Link Assurance package:

  oAutomatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  oSOS Emergency Assistance
  oEnhanced Roadside Assistance

Car Care:

  oMaintenance Alert
  oAutomated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification
  oRecall Advisor
  oMonthly Vehicle Health Report and Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  oService Link

Blue Link Essentials package:
Remote Access:

  oRemote Door Lock/Unlock
  oRemote Horn and Lights
  oRemote Vehicle Start
  oCar Finder

Vehicle Safeguard:

  oStolen Vehicle Recovery
  oStolen Vehicle Slowdown
  oVehicle Immobilization
  oAlarm Notification
  oPanic Notification
  oValet Alert
  oSpeed Alert
  oCurfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  oTBT (Turn-by-turn) Navigation Service
  oPOI Search by advanced voice recognition system and by Web and download
  oDaily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  oGas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  oRestaurant Ratings

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at

World-class weight efficiency was one of the program targets for the 2014
Tucson engineering team. Hyundai engineers also targeted an outstanding
weight-to-power ratio. Having these targets paid dividends in both performance
and fuel economy.

FWD Auto Trans model       Curb Weight (lbs.) Horsepower Weight-to-Power Ratio
Hyundai Tucson SE          3,294              182        18.1
Honda CR-V LX              3,305              185        17.9
Nissan Rogue               3,276              170        19.3
ToyotaRAV4                 3,435              176        19.5
Ford Escape S              3,515              168        20.9
Subaru Forester 2.5X (AWD) 3,346              170        19.7
Mazda CX-5 Sport           3,263              155        21.1

^Source: AutoPlanner

Tucson's widespread use of high-strength steel provides increased strength at
a lower body weight. High-strength steel allows the four-wheel independent
suspension to work optimally. At 3,232 pounds, the automatic transmission
equipped Tucson GLS is lighter than its competitors while offering more
interior room than Escape. This weight efficient unibody architecture allows
for Tucson to achieve an EPA estimated 29 mpg estimated EPA highway rating.

To make Tucson even more versatile, Hyundai engineers added an advanced
electronic AWD system. The AWD system will automatically activate under any
driving condition when needed, distributing the power equally and optimizing
driving performance. Under normal driving, the system only distributes power
to the front wheels, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The system includes a
driver-selectable AWD lock allowing for a 50/50 torque split between the front
and rear wheels for off-road and very slippery conditions. The entry-level
2014 Tucson GLS with the 2.0-liter Nu engine will also offer AWD for the first
time. AWD was not available on the entry-level 2013 Tucson GL.

For even more driver control, the 2014 Tucson features Hyundai's Hillstart
Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC). HAC is designed to
minimize rolling backwards on steep ascents. By selecting the DBC switch, the
Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors, steering angle
sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on steep declines
without having to use the brake. DBC is not available on any other vehicles in
the segment and is typically found on luxury SUVs with much higher price tags.

The 2014 Tucson features a total of 19 different storage places and drink

  oConsole storage tray
  oGlove box
  oOverhead sunglass storage
  oArmrest storage compartment with tray
  oTwo front seat drink holders
  oTwo rear center armrest drink holders
  oFour bottle holders – one in each door
  oFour map pockets – one in each door
  oTwo seatback pockets
  oCargo area storage compartment


  oElectronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control
  oActive front head restraints
  oFour-wheel disc brakes
  oAnti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist
  oElectronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  oSteel unibody with integrated crumple zones
  oHigh-tensile front sub-frame
  oInternal guard beams on all four doors
  oCenter pillars serve as the anchors of a ring structure
  oBody shell made stiffer and lighter due to extensive use of ultra-high
    tensile strength steel, which comprises 68.9 percent of the shell
  oTailor Welded Blanks (TWB) on key structural members
  oThree-point belts are provided at all five seating positions
  oFront seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters
  oLower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child-seat anchors
  oDual advanced frontal airbags
  oFront seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  oRoof-mounted side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors that cover both
    the front and rear seat rows
  oStandard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance
Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the
Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care
services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic
Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic
Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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