- The new chassis of the All-New Tucson has been developed for European customers with a focus on ride comfort without compromising driving dynamics.
New chassis for Europe focused on ride comfort and driving dynamics
The new chassis of the All-New Tucson has been developed for European customers with a focus on ride comfort without compromising driving dynamics. The new rack-mounted motor-driven power steering is precise and direct while the new EU-specific suspension and dampers offer high levels of comfort and compliance for a smooth ride.
The front suspension features a McPherson strut system, receiving a new rebound spring and four bush mountings on the subframe to enhance comfort and reduce NVH. The refined multilink rear suspension system is improved to enhance overall dynamics. As in the front, the rear subframe receives four bush mountings, while the upper and lower suspension arms are increased in length to enhance overall suspension performance.
Hyundai Motor has developed every element of the chassis to enhance high-speed and cornering stability, while also maximising the benefits of the long wheelbase (2670 mm) and wide track to optimise ride and handling characteristics for European roads and consumer needs.
A brake system upgrade incorporates larger discs (305 mm front/ 302 mm rear) and wheel cylinders to enhance braking distance and heavy usage resistance.
A new electric motor-driven power steering (MDPS) system features newly developed software and a rack-mounted electric motor. Tuned for the European market, it affords a faster, more direct response to inputs, enabling the driver to feel more connected with the car and the road.
Cornering performance is enhanced with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), combining the 4WD variable torque distribution and ESC. In the event of understeer, higher torque is applied to the rear axle, while braking the inner wheel, improving cornering performance.
The new Drive Mode Select (DMS) function on automatic transmission models offers customers a choice of two drive modes – Normal and Sport – with different characteristics for the steering and transmission (for AT or 7DCT versions).
Comfortable and quiet cabin
The new, stiffer structure for the All-New Tucson has enabled Hyundai engineers to achieve significant gains in the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), making it one of the quietest and most refined cabins in the class. Increased sound-absorption at the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars protects occupants from road vibrations, while new high-density anti-noise pads are fitted within the central and rear floor pans to limit noise ingress.
At the front an underfloor cover is fitted beneath the engine bay, while at the rear a change to bush-mounting rather than solid-mounting for the rear subframe isolates the cabin from road surface irregularities transferred through the rear suspension.
Tested on European roads
To ensure European customers receive the best possible combination of ride and comfort, handling and steering, performance and refinement, the All-New Tucson was developed using Hyundai’s extensive engineering and testing facilities in Europe. Every element of the All-New Tucson’s running gear was tested to enhance high-speed and cornering stability, while also maximising the benefits of the longer wheelbase and wider track to optimise ride and handling characteristics for European roads.
We take a comprehensive approach to ensure that every Hyundai vehicle is tested in the most extreme conditions so that our customers always enjoy high standards of comfort, ride, handling and reliability. To fully prepare the All-New Hyundai Tucson for the European market, our teams tested it in severe heat – from 40 degrees Celsius in southern Europe’s summertime down to 30 degrees below freezing in the Swedish winter.Axel HonischHead of Vehicle Test and Development at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre
Hyundai engineers completed accelerated durability testing on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, supported by the company’s on-site test centre. Equivalent to 180,000 kilometres of everyday driving, the design concentrated on six key areas: steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seats and air-conditioning, while evolving EU-specific adaptations of core hardware.
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