Hyundai to launch Tucson ix in Manila

Here's something new from the Korean carmaker
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Dec 3, 2009

The all-new Hyundai Tucson ix is coming to the local market.

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., the authorized distributor of the Korean car brand in the Philippines, is formally introducing the 2010 Hyundai Tucson ix on December 7.

The Hyundai Tucson ix carries a lot of the design elements from Hyundai's ix-onic concept crossover penned by Thomas Burkle, ex-BMW designer and now chief of the Korean brand's design center in Russelheim, Germany. Burkle said he developed the Tucson ix's sheet metal to resemble "something natural, something that wasn't made by engineers," keeping the Tucson's shape in line with the Korean car maker's Fluidic Sculpture design language.

A reliable source told that four variants will be made available in the Philippine market. Each variant will carry Hyundai's two-liter, inline-four, gasoline-fed Theta II engine.

The 2010 Hyundai Tucson ix GLS 4x2 (P1.158 million) will be available immediately after next week's launch with the base model GL 4x2 (P998,000) with manual transmission arriving in two weeks. The other two variants--the Hyundai Tucson ix GL 4x2 A/T (P1.038 million) and the GLS 4x4 A/T (P1.458 million)--are coming in the third week of January.

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