Diesel hybrids are the new hybrids.
Since it shed the bargain bin looks for the 2010 model year, the Hyundai Tucson has been a pretty attractive vehicle, particularly for the price. But a new generation just debuted in Geneva, and has done even more to improve the look. The changes haven't been too drastic, but it's still easy to tell it apart from the previous generation, starting with the big hexagonal chrome grille. This is flanked by a new set of LED headlights, which also look good.
The taillights have a new slimmer design, and Hyundai says that the quality of the materials used for the interior has improved. There are two gasoline engines offered, as well as three diesels, although we wouldn't bet on any of the diesels making it to the US. For the gasoline engines, there is a choice of a 132-horsepower 1.6 or a 175-horsepower turbocharged 1.6. There is a diesel hybrid as well, albeit in concept form. This uses an electric motor which only puts out 14 horsepower, but combined with the fuel efficiency of the diesel, it still gets regular hybrid numbers. That said, we don't quite see the point.