A nova geração do Hyundai Tucson está (quase) entre nós. Após a revelação de algumas imagens escurecidas do modelo, a marca promete a estreia completa para o próximo dia 14 (segunda-feira que vem). Até lá, os coreanos aproveitam para aguçar a curiosidade do público com a divulgação de imagens do desenvolvimento do SUV.
Trata-se de mais um teaser oficial, desta vez da divisão europeia da Hyundai. No comunicado, a marca diz que a quarta geração do Tucson "será feita na Europa, para a Europa". Em outras palavras, isso quer dizer que ele será produzido na fábrica da marca na República Tcheca e vendido por todo o Velho Continente. Mas outras plantas também deverão fabricar a nova geração do SUV, pois certamente ele chegará aos EUA e, mais tarde, ao Brasil.
O apelo deste novo teaser é mostrar as capacidades do novo Tucson no off-road - vale lembrar que desta vez o modelo dará origem a uma picape cabine dupla 4x4. Os rigorosos testes de validação do modelo incluíram desde voltas rápidas no circuito de Nürburgring até subida dos Alpes para avaliações em altitude elevada, passando por provas geladas na Suécia. As fotos do modelo carregando um trailer e atravessando trechos alagados indicam que ele não será apenas mais um "SUV de shopping".
"Como um legítimo SUV", diz a Hyundai, "o novo Tucson conta com tração integral com distribuição de torque entre os eixos e elevado torque em baixas rotações para superar terrenos difíceis". A marca também diz que aumentou a rigidez do monobloco e fez provas para mostrar isso, abrindo e fechando as portas sem problemas em condições onde o carro está com duas rodas diagonalmente no ar. No comunicado, a Hyundai destaca também o menor nível de ruído e vibrações em relação ao modelo atual.
Por fim, os engenheiros validaram a vedação da carroceria em passagens de água com até 30 cm de profundidade, enquanto os sistemas de controle de descida e assistente de partida em rampa foram testados em rampas entre 30 e 45% de inclinação.
Com mais de 7 milhões de unidades vendidas ao redor do mundo desde seu lançamento, em 2004, o Tucson é também o Hyundai mais vendido da Europa, com 1,4 milhão de carros. No Brasil, o modelo fez muito sucesso na primeira e segunda gerações (esta vendida por aqui como ix35), mas o carro atual foi apenas um coadjuvante no segmento.
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Galeria: Novo Hyundai Tucson 2021 em testes
All-new Hyundai Tucson finishes intensive testing and quality assurance
· Before its official market launch, the all-new Tucson has been thoroughly tested. Among others, tests included ride and handling and overall quality
· The all-new Tucson promises not only striking, unique looks, but also fun-to-drive, efficient powertrains and practical characteristics for everyday usage, from four-wheel drive to towing capabilities
· Like its predecessor, it will be produced in Europe, for Europe
Offenbach, 8 September 2020 – The all-new Tucson has completed the last steps of testing and quality assurance. Following an intensive development period in Hyundai testing centres, proving grounds and roads across the globe, the all-new Hyundai Tucson has been fine-tuned in the Czech Republic and Austria ahead of its market launch.
The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV. It is the first Tucson to be developed under Hyundai’s new design identity, Sensuous Sportiness. It is also fun-to-drive, thanks to responsive engine and transmission choices, paired with practical characteristics for everyday usage, from four-wheel drive to towing capabilities.
Vehicle quality is a priority for Hyundai. In recent years, the company has consistently been recognised with awards reflecting this. In the 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study, consumer bible J.D. Power ranked the third-generation Tucson the best compact SUV on the market.
“Hyundai is committed to producing vehicles of the highest quality. This is also embodied in our industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package, which offers peace-of-mind for customers,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Thanks to the extensive testing of the all-new Tucson ahead of its market introduction, customers can feel confident that they are selecting a car that is one of the best for initial and long-term quality.”
Intensive development period
In recent months, the all-new Tucson has been developed and tested in Europe performing accelerated durability tests and dynamic testing on the most demanding race track in the world, the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, as well as undergoing rigorous public-road testing throughout Europe from the coldest winter testing conditions in Sweden to trailer testing in the Alps and hot weather testing in the south of Spain to ensure that the high expectations of European customers are met.
Throughout the testing process on a dedicated proving ground in Czech Republic, the all-new Tucson had to prove its quality in extreme conditions and was put through its paces in various scenarios. As a true SUV, the four-wheel drive system, torque distribution, clutch controllability and torque build up at low speeds were tried and tested under different conditions. This thorough testing enables drivers to take the all-new Tucson on to difficult terrain without compromise.
On challenging roads, for example, Hyundai engineers verified the overall body structure rigidity, opening all doors, tail gate and panorama roof with two wheels on the ground and two wheels diagonally in the air. The doors were closed without any problems during this challenge, confirming the vehicle’s body rigidity. On the Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) surfaces, engineers identified abnormal noises the car made in certain situations and reduced them in order to guarantee the best experience for all-new Tucson customers. Each surface provided a different frequency of noise in the vehicle, allowing for thorough testing.
Engineers also drove the vehicle into water to check that features such as the underbody covers and wheel guards would hold properly after driving in water, even at higher speeds. In addition, they examined whether the model can easily drive in water fords with a depth of 20 to 30 centimetres. Furthermore, the parking brake, Autohold assistant and Downhill Brake Control had to prove their durability on steep hills with inclines between 30 to 45 per cent. Stress was also applied to the clutch during a vehicle launch on a slope to ensure the all-new Tucson is ready for day-to-day challenges.
After proving that it is built to last in the Czech Republic, the all-new Tucson had to demonstrate its towing capacity in the Austrian Alps. On the Grossglockner mountain, Hyundai’s engineers took the all-new Tucson on a difficult route with a trailer, testing the vehicle’s behavior while towing a trailer uphill, downhill and around corners.
The ongoing final testing run allows testing engineers to incorporate their latest findings in the final series production vehicle, ensuring the all-new Tucson will deliver a fun and reliable experience for future customers.
With more than more than 7 million units sold globally since it launched in 2004, 1.4 million of them in Europe alone, the Tucson is Hyundai’s best seller in the region. Production will take place at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) production plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic, making it the third generation Tucson to be produced in Europe, for Europe.
The digital world premiere of the all-new Tucson will take place at 02:30am CEST on 15 September. The livestream, a teaser video and images will be available at hyundai.com and on Hyundai’s social media channels.