The first official pictures of the new Hyundai Tucson have been released, ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The company says they strived for a new look that featured ‘bold proportions and sharp lines’, while also showcasing the brand’s new hexagonal front grille.

Accentuating the strong face are the new LED headlights and running lights, while the rear makes use of clean lines and slim tail-lights to complete the look.

The interior is said to use plenty of soft-touch, high-quality materials, with the option of ‘Wine Red’ leather upholstery.

The Tucson is based on a new platform, the benefit of which is said to be even greater passenger and cargo space than before, with Hyundai quoting 513 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place.

Although equipment levels haven’t been revealed, the company does say the new Tucson will be offered with heated and ventilated front seats, a powered tailgate that can open automatically as the key-holder approaches, a new navigation system, and a smart parking system that can park automatically in both parallel and conventional spaces.

The full gamut of electronic safety systems are also expected, including an autonomous emergency braking system with three modes (pedestrian, city, and inter-urban), plus Lane-Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Information Function, and an Active Bonnet System that raises the bonnet to reduce impact forces in a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist.

The new Tucson will be available with a choice of two 1.6-litre petrol engines with either 135PS or 176PS, plus three diesels: a 1.7-litre unit with 115PS, plus a pair of 2.0-litre units with 136PS or 184PS.

Transmissions are six-speed manual as standard, with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch unit for the 176PS petrol engine.

The new Hyundai Tucson will be produced at the company’s facility in the Czech Republic, and is expected to go on sale throughout Europe during the second half of 2015.