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Refreshed Hyundia Tucson Benefits From New, Efficient Engine

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On: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 4:59PM | By: Chris Weiss


Refreshed Hyundia Tucson Benefits From New, Efficient Engine

Hyundai previewed the refreshed 2014 Tucson last week ahead of its US launch in the fall. The updated crossover benefits from a number of upgrades over its predecessor, including the new 2.0-liter Nu GDI inline four-cylinder base engine.

The 2014 Tucson is the first US model to get the 2.0-liter Nu engine, a power plant with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai says that the the engine delivers higher peak torque at lower rpm (4,000 rpm), improving the Tucson's everyday driving dynamics when compared to the outgoing multi-port fuel injected engine. It also increases city fuel economy to 23 mpg (from 22 mpg on the 2013 model) while maintaining estimated 29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined figures. The entry level Tucson with 2.0-liter Nu engine will come with the option of AWD, unlike the outgoing base Tucson.

The 2014 Tucson will also offer buyers the option to upgrade engine to the 2.4-liter Theta II GDI four-cylinder from the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. This engine pumps out 182 hp and 177 lb-ft while lowering combined fuel economy compared to the Nu engine just a smidge to 24 mpg. It equips the Tucson with the ability to tow up to 2,000 lbs.

Both engine options come with a six-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission with updated gear shifter and an Active ECO mode that offers five- to seven-percent fuel economy gains.

The 2014 Tucson comes with a variety of other exterior and interior upgrades, including a Blue Link infotainment system (standard on Limited trim, available on other trim levels). A third-generation navigation system features an available seven-inch touchscreen display and HD radio.The interior also benefits from reclining second row seating, illuminated cup holders, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats, power driver seat with lumbar support, and new floor console-mounted rear vents.

On the outside, the new Tucson gets a modest refresh that includes projector headlights with LEDs, LED taillights, and new standard 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18-inch alloy wheels available as an option. All four of those wheels benefit from the newly added Sachs Amplitude Selective Damping, which Hyundai says improves road surface contact, ride comfort, and body/wheel control. The Tucson offers a variety of safety systems, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC),Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), and Downhill Brake Control (DBC).


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