Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai's Tucson compact SUV has been completely redesigned for 2016 with an emphasis on safety technology and vehicle connectivity. The vehicle appeared at the New York International Auto Show.

The Tucson, which will arrive at dealers in July, also arrives with a fresh, sportier exterior and more appealing interior design. It will offer "significantly enhanced" fuel efficiency from the outgoing model, according to Hyundai. Testing by Hyundai shows the Tucson getting 23/31/26 mpg in city/highway/combined driving cycles.

The base model gets a 2.0L direct-injected four-cylinder that makes 164 hp and delivers 151 lb.-ft. of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Higher trim models get a 1.6L turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder that makes 175 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is available.

For 2016, standard features include advanced safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, blind spot detection, a rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, backup warning sensors and a standard rear-view camera.

The vehicle's wheelbase has been increased by more than 1 inch, and Hyundai will offer 19-inch wheels. The cargo area, which has been increased to 31 cubic feet, can be accessed by a rear auto power lift gate.

The 2016 Tucson also ups the ante with connectivity technology by offering a 5-inch color LCD display with touchscreen functionality. The system can be integrated with Apple Siri Eyes Free as well as Android Wear smart watches.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet