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2010 Hyundai Tucson - Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai's second big unveiling for the LA Auto Show is its next-generation Tucson, its compact crossover. Like the Sonata sedan, we've actually already seen the Tucson for some time now, as it previously debuted South Korea and Europe badged as the ix35 or Tucson ix. We actually first saw this shape as the ix-onic concept at Geneva last March and the production model is only mildly toned down.

Even toned down, though, this is a major departure from the outgoing Tucson. Like the Sonata, that model was a competent but utterly invisible CUV. The new Tucson was created by Hyundai's Frankfurt-based European design studio and features the same "Fluidic Sculpture" surface language used on the Sonata. Like the sedan, the look is attractive, if not entirely original, as the form seems to draw quite a bit inspiration from the Nissan Murano, especially in the rear. Either way, with its bulging fenders and a multitude of curves and creases, the new style is likely to draw a lot more second glances than its predecessor. Wherever the ideas came from, the Tucson appears to be well-executed overall. Follow the jump to learn more Hyundai's latest CUV.



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The grille is hideous, and I'm not sure what's up with the plastic trim rising up onto the bottoms of the doors, but otherwise it's not bad. I actually find the interior interesting, if not a bit odd. The materials look nice though, as much as you can tell from photos. It will probably do well considering the segment.

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I like the exterior except, like the Sonata, the front end. It's too busy I think if that trim piece in the middle of the grill where the badge is was simplified it would be fine. Interior looks cool. Huge improvement over the current one.

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The interior looks nice (and that's a nice color combo going on), but my god is it ugly on the outside.

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the front end looks busy, but not overdone. original but not ricey i guess u could say. i like it. good work hyundai! they continue to impress me. now if only they could give the genesis coupe a little more power (or torque i should say)...

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The front is a little busy, Hyundai really needs to get their own design theme going. They still tend to copy stuff of other cars and they don't need to. Their interiors have greatly improved, and their engines are becoming class leaders. Hyundai has some good engineers working for them, this and the Sonata went down in weight, and up in power and fuel economy. It's no wonder that Hyundai is by far the fastest growing car maker, every product since the Genesis sedan seems to be a winner, and the Genesis sedan gave them credibility they didn't have before. And you do wonder if the Tau V8 would fit in the Genesis coupe, if not a turbo V6 would be excellent and keep weight balance better.

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Trying to be a chevy?

Front end is so so....

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