Sales of compact SUVs in Europe by October decreased by 37%. The Hyundai Tucson nameplate has given way to the Kona as the best-selling model of the brand in the European Union.
According to Hyundai Italy boss Andrea Crespi, this is only temporary, as the latest-generation Tucson will once again be Hyundai’s sales leader. The best-selling compact crossovers in Europe are the VW Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.
Crespi added that Hyundai hopes to sell 15,000 tucsons in Italy alone by 2021, of which 7,000 should be hybrids and 1,500 plug-in hybrids – the PHEV model will arrive in Europe in February.
This latest-generation model has many advantages, starting with a bold exterior design with angular sheet metal, as well as flaring fenders and a sophisticated grille design. Some of these style cues are even considered ” unacceptable in design schools.” This refers to the triangular shape of the crossover and intersecting characteristic lines.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Tucson is 20 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 5 mm taller. Meanwhile, the wheelbase has grown by 10 mm, leaving a further 26 mm of legroom in the rear seat.
All powertrain configurations come with affordable all-wheel drive, with the exception of a 1.6-liter diesel engine producing 113 HP. the Korean automaker also plans a sporty version of the N line to arrive early next year.
We also recommend you to watch a detailed review of the Hyundai Kona from the FineAuto team: