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2010 Hyundai Tucson: A "Fluidic Sculpture" CUV

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Mazda has Nagare style, Ford Europe has kinetic design, and the 2010 Hyundai Tucson CUV has a "fluidic sculpture." This isn't a mistranslation.


The new Tucson, which leaked yesterday, will debut as the Hyundai ix35 C-segment crossover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. What name it takes when it debuts in the U.S. isn't clear, but we're thinking Tucson is a good guess.


Hyundai has released the first undisguised images of its new ix35, an all-new C-segment crossover that showcases Hyundai's distinctive new ‘fluidic sculpture' design language. The ix35 replaces the popular Tucson – one of Europe's best-selling SUVs – and will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
Design cues seen on ix35 will be carried over to other new Hyundai models, most notably the pronounced hexagonal grille which will become a recognisable family attribute.
The ix35 also has a smaller footprint than C-segment hatchbacks and MPVs, meaning it will also appeal to buyers who are seeking a more stylish alternative to conventional cars.
The sleeker styling contributes to enhanced aerodynamics. This, combined with more refined powertrain technology, enables ix35 to deliver markedly better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions than rival SUVs and compete head on in terms of running costs with mainstream hatchbacks.
More information about ix35 will be made available when the Frankfurt Motor Show opens on September 15th.

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This car reminds me of several cars, particularly upcoming Fords like the Fiesta and the Infiniti FX. They even knocked off BMW's and Infiniti's naming conventions.

Someone who apes so heavily from others usually has a tendency to be an also-ran. It makes me question how serious they are about being competitive.

That said, this thing looks at least a few thousand times better than that awful Acura crossover.