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.
Updated 06/20/2014: Hyundai announced that the new Tucson Walking Dead Edition is now on sale at its dealers around the country. Also, a new set of images was added so you can now see this special Tucson on both exterior and interior.
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Now that the new Tucson has received its share of updates, the 2014 model was also 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.
Two new engines power the 2014 Tucson, including a 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine produces an estimated 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 151 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm and for the first time it is available in both FWD and AWD configurations and a 2.4-liter Theta II GDI engine that delivers a total of 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are combined with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.
The 2014 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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COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 – To survive the ever-impending zombie apocalypse, you’ll need wits, strategies and a strong intuition. You’ll also need a useful form of transportation: enter Hyundai’s Special Edition Tucson inspired by The Walking Dead. Revealed today at a special media preview at the Hotel Figueroa in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, this all-new production model Tucson will be available in limited quantity at dealerships starting early next year – just in time to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Walking Dead graphic novel series.
This Tucson features an Ash Black exterior with a subtle red accent graphics package and Special Edition exterior and interior badges. Roof rack cross rails provide additional room for hauling necessary survival gear while mudguards and custom floor and cargo mats help keep the vehicle clean. The vehicle will be offered only in AWD to assist drivers when off-roading away from the undead. Within the Tucson’s black leather interior, passengers will find a custom Zombie Survival Kit – a Walking Dead 72-hour survivalist’s backpack, a necessary item for any zombie “prepper” – and a Walking Dead Tucson Quick Reference Guide, to help utilize all the features in the Special Edition vehicle. In addition, for true enthusiasts of The Walking Dead, this Tucson will offer vehicle decals for the four factions featured in the series: Hilltop, Kingdom, Saviors, and Survivors, so owners can proudly display where their allegiances lie.
“The Walking Dead Special Edition Tucson represents a chance for loyal fans to show their enthusiasm for the graphic novel series,” said Christine Jew, Tucson product planner. “The Tucson is versatile, responsive and fuel-efficient, allowing just enough room for those wisely-chosen passengers and supplies needed in the event of a zombie apocalypse or any survival scenario.”
The Walking Dead Special Edition Tucson is powered by the advanced 2.4-liter Theta II Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine and offers a host of valuable features, including LED taillights, dual automatic temperature control and a premium audio system with HD Radio™ technology. Hyundai’s Blue Link ® safety, service and infotainment telematics system is also standard on The Walking Dead Special Edition Tucson and includes three years of Assurance Connected Care as well as SOS Emergency Assistance capabilities – this feature will be particularly helpful for those trying to survive a zombie takeover. Additionally, Tucson’s third-generation navigation system includes a larger seven-inch touchscreen display with a special The Walking Dead splash screen.
“Working with Hyundai to create this limited edition Tucson is a great way to continue The Walking Dead’s 10th Anniversary celebration,” said Robert Kirkman, author and creator of The Walking Dead. “I’m excited to see the streets taken over by these cars.”
Hyundai’s continued partnership with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics and Kirkman’s groundbreaking comic and best-selling graphic novels, The Walking Dead, has evolved over the past few years and now includes three Hyundai Zombie Survival Machines and The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app, which allows fans to design their own custom zombie survival machines.
Skybound is a multiplatform entertainment company that publishes comic books through Image Comics. Its line includes all of Robert Kirkman’s comic books, as well as original concepts by emerging talents. Kirkman’s work includes the award-winning The Walking Dead, the inspiration for the TV show of the same name, as well as Invincible, Outcast and Super Dinosaur. Other titles include Clone, Ghosted, Manifest Destiny and Dead Body Road. Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise, including apparel, action figures and video games, as well as produces entertainment events such as The Walking Dead Escape, an immersive zombie run experience that has been a hit in San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia. For more information, please visit Skybound online at www.skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com.