First shown as a concept way back in 2005 at the Chicago Auto Show, the Hyundai Portico crossover SUV is still yet to reach showrooms, although it may arrive sooner rather than later as a replacement for the Tucson.
The Tucson nameplate may yet live on as the production spec Portico, but one thing for certain is that the new generation model will be radically different from the current version.
These artists renderings give us an idea of just how radically different the new Tucson should be, arriving essentially as an all-new model by mid-2010.
Unlike most crossover SUVs, the new Tucson should have enough seating for six passengers, powered exclusively by a range of diesel and petrol four-cylinder engines in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged guise.
Production for Hyundai’s home market of Korea is expected to begin by the end of 2009.