First look at the Tucson

04-28-2004, 05:43 PM
The Central Region Parts Distributer Manager was just at my dealership today and was driving the new Hyundai Tucson. There are only 2 of them in the United States, both as test vehicles. They will not start producing them for another 2 months, and will hit showrooms in September. They are being driven so they can work out some bugs that might occur. Very similar to the Sante Fe, but smaller. Has a lot of small features that you normally wouldn't look at, but they are nice. Like, a tailgate glass that opens separate from the tailgate, power outlets in the cargo area in the rear, etc. Also, for front seat passengers, a lot more head and leg room than the Sante Fe. For being a small vehicle, it seems a lot bigger than the Sante Fe on the inside. Should be a nice buy for anybody wanting a small SUV, but can't afford a Sante Fe. Also, JD Power released statement today that Hyundai now surpases Toyota in initial quality. A big step for Hyundai now ranked 7th among all manufacturers in initial quality.

John Nance, Parts Manager
Bob Rohrman's Indy Hyundai, Suzuki Superstore
7101 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

04-28-2004, 06:23 PM
Cant wait for it to come out. heard about Hyundai's uprise against Toyota....ALL POWER TO HYUNDAI!!!!

04-28-2004, 07:30 PM
any change in performance... any number difference between the tuscon and sante fe?

04-29-2004, 08:21 AM
any change in performance... any number difference between the tuscon and sante fe?

The Tucson will only be offered with the 2.4L and 2.7L. No 3.5L in it. The guys that were here with it said acceleration was pretty good with the 2.7L. I hope the 2.4L isn't as bad as it is in the Sante Fe. I am driving a 4cyl Sante Fe as a demo right now, and it's a dog. Takes forever to get up to speed getting onto the interstate, unless you leave it in 2nd or 3rd.

04-30-2004, 10:58 AM

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Type: Hyundai Beta 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, inline with CVVT (transverse mounted)
Materials: Cast iron block/aluminum cylinder head
Displacement: 2.0 liters (1975cc/120.5 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke: 82.0mm x 93.5mm (3.23 inches x 3.68 inches)
Compression ratio: 10.1:1
Horsepower: (estimated) 140 @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: (estimated) 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
Valves per cylinder: Four
Fuel system: Electronic multi-port fuel injection, in-tank fuel pump
Emission controls: Three-way catalyst
Exhaust: Single

Type: Hyundai Delta DOHC V6 (transverse mounted)
Materials: aluminum block/aluminum heads
Displacement: 2.7 liters (2656cc/162 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke: 86.7mm x 75.0mm (3.41 inches x 2.95 inches)
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Horsepower: (estimated) 173 @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: (estimated) 178 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
Valves per cylinder: Four
Fuel system: Electronic multi-port fuel injection, in-tank fuel pump
Emission controls: Three-way catalyst
Exhaust: Dual


5-speed manual
1st 3.636:1
2nd 2.056:1
3rd 1.333:1
4th 1.061:1
5th 0.821:1
Reverse 3.455:1

4-speed Shiftronic automatic
1st 2.842:1
2nd 1.529:1
3rd 1.000:1
4th 0.712:1
Reverse 2.480:1

Final drive ratio
GL, manual trans 4.533:1
GL, auto trans 4.626:1
GLS & LX auto trans 4.407:1


Front: Independent: MacPherson struts with coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and 21mm anti-roll bar
Rear: Independent: strut with multi-links, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers and 14mm anti-roll bar


Type: Power-assisted rack and pinion
Overall ratio: 16.2:1
Turns, lock to lock: 3.1
Turning circle: 35.6 feet (curb to curb)


Front: Power-assisted 11.0-inch (280mm) vented disc with floating two-piston calipers and pad wear sensor
Rear: Power-assisted 10.3-inch (262mm) solid disc (FWD) 11.2-in (284mm) solid disc (4WD)
ABS: Optional, four-wheel, four channel

WHEELS 5-spoke, 16 x 6.5 alloy (4-cyl)
6-spoke, 16 x 6.5 alloy (V6)

TIRES P215/65R-16 (GL)
P235/60R-16 BF Goodrich Traction T/A (GLS & LX)
Compact spare tire, T155/90R16


Wheelbase: 103.5 inches (2630mm)
Overall length: 170.3 inches (4325mm)
Overall width: 70.7 inches (1795mm) 72.1(1830mm) with cladding
Overall height: 66.1 inches (1680mm) 68.1inches (1730mm) with roof rack
Tread width, f/r: 60.6/60.6 inches (1540mm/1540mm) GL
61.0/61.0 inches (1550mm/1550mm) GLS & LX
EPA passenger volume: 102.6 cubic feet
EPA cargo volume: rear seat up: 11.5 cubic feet;
rear seat down: 28.4 cubic feet;
total: 39.9 cubic feet
EPA total volume: 110.5 cubic feet


Fuel tank: 15.3 gallons (58 liters) L4
17.2 gallons (65 liters) V6
Engine oil: 4.2 quarts (4 liters) L4, 4.8 quarts (4.5 liters) V6
Engine coolant: 3.1 quarts (2.95 liters) L4, 4.8 quarts 4.5 liters) V6


L4, FWD, manual trans: 3240 lbs.
L4, FWD, auto trans: 3265 lbs.
L4, 4WD, manual trans: 3425 lbs.
V6, FWD, auto trans: 3370 lbs.
V6, 4WD, auto trans: 3548 lbs.

09-21-2004, 09:00 AM
Here is a pic of the Tuscon from our Norcal meet.

And a pic of a prototype Elantra soon to be sadly crushed!
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11-04-2004, 12:09 PM
what is a tuscon? that suv thing? i thought this was a misprint when i first seen it. thought it was sapposed to be tusconi

11-06-2004, 10:53 PM
its tucson

11-07-2004, 06:49 PM
whats the difference between a tuscon, and a tusconi?

11-07-2004, 07:59 PM
just the name... i guess

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