Hyundai Tucson is the only product in the American “small SUV” category to score good rating for both driver and front passenger at IIHS’s (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) challenging small-overlap crash test.
The industry leading crash worthiness is a result of several safety-enhancing measures including extensive use of high tensile strength steel.
The South Korean automaker says that over 50% of the Tucson’s structure is made of high-tensile strength steel. The integrated crumple zones in the monocoque and the high-tensile front sub-frame are designed to mitigate the forces that normally make their way into the passenger cabin in the event of a severe crash.
The centre pillars for an integral part of the ring structure that provides stiffness to the side structure. The crossover also gets internal guard beams on all the four doors to protect the occupants from a side impact.
In addition to high-strength steel, the Tucson also employs TWB (Tailor Welded Blanks) to reinforce key structural components. TWB involves steel elements of different thickness and grades laser welded and stamped together to achieve good stiffness-to-weight ratio.
In addition to structural elements, the new Hyundai Tucson’s safety credentials are enhanced by features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, lane departure warning, backup warning sensors, rear view camera, multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESP, etc.
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