More than just being one of the biggest automakers in the world these days, Hyundai is also pretty adept at preparing for the apocalypse. Whereas other companies aren’t as involved when it comes to gearing up for the day zombies roam this planet, the Korean automaker has been doing the opposite for the past few years.
Hyundai has already released a handful of zombie-prepared vehicles in the past and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , it introduced its latest survival vehicle. It’s called the Hyundai Tucson Walking Dead Edition, and as the name clearly says, this special edition SUV is based on the hit AMC show.
For its color, Hyundai opted to use an Ash Black shade for the exterior with matching red accents and some dedicated graphics, including four unique decals featuring factions - Hilltop, Kingdom, Saviors and Survivors - from the graphic novel-inspired show.
Inside, the special edition Tucson receives black leather seats, custom floor mats, and a seven-inch touchscreen display with a special The Walking Dead splash screen. A "Zombie Survival Kit" is also part of the package, which has a host of cool items, like a survivalist backpack and a Walking Dead Tucson Quick Reference Guide.
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The second generationHyundai Tucson was announced in 2009 and the only update it received was back in 2011 when the old GL trim was replaced by a new GLS version. Things are completely different for the 2014 model year though, as the Tucson was updated with some minor changes on both the exterior and the interior, but under the hood it received two new, more efficient engines.
The 2014 Tucson will be Hyundai ’s first vehicle on the American market to be powered by the new 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine, with other models to follow at a later point. Next to the new engines, the 2014 Tucson is also offering an all-new SACHS Amplitude Selective Damping (ASD), 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.
For 2014 model year the Tucson will be offered in three trim levels: GLS, SE and Limited with prices ranging from $21,450 to $27,700.
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The second-generation Hyundai ix35 (also known as Tucson for the American market) was unveiled in 2009 and this is the first time the company is working on a facelift for it. Our spy photographers have caught the SUV testing for the first time, before the car’s official unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Car Show in September.
Even though the SUV is heavily camouflaged, we expect it to feature design elements we have seen on both the Santa Fe and i40. This means we will see a three-bar hexagonal front grille, new headlamps, wraparound taillights and a new rear spoiler. Our spy photographers managed to also catch a shot of the interior, reveling that it will also receive small changes, most likely inspired by previously unveiled Hyundai models.
Under the hood, you should expect some all-new or modified engines to meet the demand for more fuel-efficient engines and less CO2.
The UK Police Fleet has just received the capability of a slew of new members. Hyundai was able to get a ‘preferred supplier’ status issued by the National Association of Police Fleet Managers and is looking into turning the i20, i30, ix35 (known as the Tucson in the States), Santa Fe, and iLoad into street-protecting police cruisers.
Tony Whitehorn, said: "Anyone buying a car needs to make sure that they are getting the best possible package for their money. That’s especially true when you are buying thousands of vehicles and spending taxpayers’ money! The quality, reliability, resale value and performance of Hyundai vehicles has shone through and they’ve been given the green light to carry a blue light."
The UK police has chosen the ix35 because it is powerful and spacious enough to replace larger, more expensive off-roaders which have traditionally been the first choice for traffic police.
In the UK the ix35 is offered with a choice of five engines, with output ranging from 133 to 181 HP.
Ask any shopaholic who knows his or her way around the retail shopping dominion and they’ll tell you that there’s no more exclusive store than Harrods in the UK. Only the most expensive of the most expensive shops are located in the high-end store and in the event you find your product sitting on one of its shelves - or being used as a window display, as is the case this time - then you know that you’ve made it to the big leagues.
Recently, we came across a rather peculiar and somewhat surprising window display at the Harrods’ luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London: a new Hyundai iX35 (the Hyundai Tucson in the US) compact crossover.
For the life of us, we can’t figure out how Hyundai was able to break into Harrods’ and have one of their models be prominently displayed in the window, but somehow, the Korean automaker managed to pull it off. The iX35 will be on display for the entire week of June 7 and anyone who’s interested in the car - Lord knows, the people who shop at Harrods can possibly pay for an iX35 with money out of their wallets - can talk to Hyundai sales people regarding the new crossover.
According to Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai’s managing director, "We are very proud to have our newest model on display in such an iconic location. Like everything in Harrods, the ix35 has been designed to be stylish, great value and of the highest quality."
Looks like the fellas over at Hyundai have struck gold in trying to reach out to the elite because if there’s one way to get their attention, having one of your models inside a department store like Harrods will indeed get the job done.
At the 2009 Los Angeles Motor Show Hyundai unveiled a facelift version of the Tucson SUV, a model that will compete with entry level SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 and Subaru Forester. The 2010 Tucson will be powered by the same Theta II GDI 2.4 Liter DOHC inline four cylinder engine that will be found under the hood of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata delivering a maximum output of 176 HP, 26% more than its predecessor, and 168 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to either a six speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control or a standard six speed manual transmission.
Following in line with Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, the new Tuscon demonstrates athleticism and sophistication through its flowing lines, full bodied surfaces and muscular profile. Along with the overall appearance, the new Tuscon features details like Hyundai ’s new hexagonal front grill and swept back headlights complimented by a sleek greenhouse and wraparound taillights while chrome accents in the grill and door handles gives an added level of sophistication to the top of the line Tucson Limited. The Tuscon will range from $18,995 for a well equipped GLS six speed manually shifted model and go all the way up to $24,345 for a top of the line Limited model.
The South Korean automaker Hyundai is updating their lineup with a much more fluidic design theme and because of which the the budget people mover Tuscon SUV receives a a whole new playful persona. That much we already knew since the 2010 Hyundai Tucson was unveiled at the Los Angels Auto Show last week. What we didn’t know at the time was that prices for a new Tuscon would range from $18,995 for a well equipped GLS six speed manually shifted model and go all the way up to $24,345 for a top of the line Limited model.
The 2010 Tucson will be powered by the same Theta II GDI 2.4 Liter DOHC inline four cylinder engine that can be found in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, delivering a maximum output of 176 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque, that is 26% more power than its predecessor. The all new four banger will be mated to either a six speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control or the manual as standard equipment.
Hyundai revealed details on the 2009 Tucson SUV. It comes minor improvements such as better transmission management systems, torque converters, steering pump belt and engine management system.
For 2009, Tucson returns with additional exterior and interior changes including all-new 16-inch alloy wheels, 200-watt Kenwood Navigation/Audio System, a more distinctive chrome grille, new tailgate trim, more color choices and new GLS seat fabric.
The Tucson SE 4WD receives standard heated front seats and a windshield wiper de-icer. An optional B&M Racing Sport Shifter adds shorter throw-lengths and enhances precision to Tucson’s manual transmission. Tucson also has standard XM Satellite Radio™ and an auxiliary audio input.
The Tucson entry model is the GLS. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
Stepping up to the mid-range SE trim brings a 2.7-liter DOHC V6 engine, four-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, unique 16-inch alloy wheels with 235/60R16 tires, bodyside cladding, foglights and bodycolored door handles and mirrors.
Moving up to the luxurious Limited, Tucson customers will enjoy leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power sunroof (V6 models), a six-disc in-dash CD changer and subwoofer.
The award-winning Tucson has been honored with numerous awards for its value, quality and safety, including the U.S. government’s highest safety rating. Sin ce it first entered the market, the Tucson has received top honors in J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study – first, as the industry’s highest quality all-new model launched in 2005 and, most recently, for the highest initial quality in the compact multi-activity vehicle segment. The Tucson was also named a Best New-Car Value Winner by SmartMoney magazine and was a “recommended” buy in the Compact SUV category in the 2006 Consumer Guide Automotive list.