The Tucson marks the new entry level to Hyundai’s 4x4 range and will compete against cars such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sportage.
There are seven Tucson models to choose from with prices starting at £14,995 for the 2.0 16v GSI rising to £18,695 for the 2.7 V6 CDX.
There are three engine options available, the 2.0 litre petrol, the 2.0 litre common-rail turbo-diesel, and the 2.7 V6, all with two trim levels - GSI and CDX.
The 2.0 litre engine, which is a CVVT unit as seen in the Coupe, develops 140bhp at 6000rpm, reaches a top speed of 108mph and performs the 0-62mph run in 11.3 seconds.
Hyundai expects the diesel version of Tucson to be especially popular in a segment where more drivers are switching to diesel. It produces 111bhp of power at 4,000rpm, reaches a top speed of 104mph and reaches 0 to 62mph in 13.8 seconds.
The top-of-the-range 2.7 V6 CDX produces 173bhp at 6,000rpm and has a top speed of 112mph. Its 0-62mph figure is 10.5 seconds.
The Tucson comes with either a five speed manual transmission or four speed semi-automatic ‘H-matic’ gearbox.
It comes with Hyundai’s five year unlimited mileage fully transferable warranty – and joins the only 4x4 range with a manufacturer-backed warranty for a full five years.
Hyundai expects to sell around 3,500 examples in the UK in 2005, while worldwide sales are expected to reach 200,000 units by 2006.