The all-new Hyundai Tucson has been named as a finalist for the 2016 Green SUV of the Year award by Green Car Journal.
Each year, 5 finalists are considered for the award, an honour that recognizes the most fuel-efficient SUV/crossover vehicles and the environmental leadership they bring to the auto industry. The 2016 Green SUV of the Year winner will be announced at next year’s Washington Auto Show on January 21, 2016.
Green Car Journal’s vetting process considers a wide range of SUVs and crossovers to determine their environmental advantages and breakthroughs, and then narrows the field to 5 finalists. The overarching goal is to identify nominees that move personal transportation in a more environmentally positive direction without sacrificing the joy of driving or the functionality expected of an SUV or crossover. Fuel efficiency, weight reduction, advanced drivetrain technologies, use of alternative or clean fuels and more are considered during the process. Finalists must also be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.
“Hyundai Motor’s Tucson shows that new-generation crossovers can offer desired performance and loads of versatility while still delivering impressive fuel economy,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal. “Crossover drivers tend to want it all – style, functionality, advanced features, and efficiency and there’s no lack of that in the new Tucson.”
The Tucson comes with a choice of 2 engine and powertrain options. Base models offer Hyundai’s 2.0-litre, direct-injected four-cylinder engine with 164hp and 204Nm torque, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Eco, Sport and Limited models offer Hyundai Motor’s new 1.6-litre, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This new powertrain is mated to a first-in-segment 7-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which offers quick, efficient shifts and even better fuel economy. The Tucson is offered in both FWD and AWD variants.
“Being a finalist for Green SUV of the Year is an acknowledgment of Hyundai Motor’s dedication to delivering fuel efficiency without sacrifice,” said Vice President Mike O’Brien of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America, “In a segment typically filled with relatively thirsty vehicles, we are proud to offer consumers a choice that delivers on size, functionality and fuel economy in equal parts.”