Hyundai has revealed its top-selling crossover – the all-new Tucson. Changes happened not only inside and out, but under the hood as well.
The redesigned Hyundai Tucson comes in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants for the first time in the USA.
Compared with the predecessor, the new SUV enlarged a bit in every metric: in length, width, height, wheelbase. The cargo space increased by 7.7 ft3 to 38.7 ft3.
This month, sales start in South Korea. In the home market and in Europe, the crossover debuts as a 2021 model. In mid-2021, it will arrive in North America as a 2022 model. Expect the price range from about $24,000 to $35,000.
A warm N Line version will join the Tucson lineup in the future.
When the carmaker describes the newcomer, it uses the words “parametric dynamics” and “kinetic jewel surface details.”
The new Tucson’s front grille gets an unusual triangular texture that takes some inspiration from the Elantra and Sonata. Headlights are integrated into the grille opening. LED elements are camouflaged into the front end, when not illuminated.
The exterior tweaks include bulging fenders, a jagged long line above the inset lower doors, angular wheel arches and rocker panel in chic black plastic; a long and almost flat roof in contrasting black. Its arching piece of chrome trim makes the Tucson look lower and more rakish.
A set of blade-like taillights is the new model’s highlight. They are suspended from a full-width LED bar, and their tiny, triangular elements disappear when not illuminated.
The lower rear bumper trim gets a unique diamond texture; a rear window wiper hides under the roof spoiler.
On the new Tucson, Hyundai moves the brand’s oval H badge up to the window glass.
The cabin has a twin-cockpit appearance. The new-gen Hyundai Tucson gets a tiller-shaped steering wheel and a fresh digital instrument cluster.
The dual-screen infotainment system offers a standard 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and two-device Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a 10.3-inch display.
Interior upgrades include car-to-home communication that controls smart appliances and lights while on the road. An air quality monitoring system, new for the next model year, tracks exterior pollution levels with the help of a fine-dust sensor.
The vehicle receives an expanded list of driver assistance and active safety functions. They include Lane Keep Assist, Hyundai Highway Driving Assist, front collision monitoring and prevention with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring.
Hyundai’s 2.5-liter inline-four with 190 hp (142 kW) and 182 lb-ft (260 Nm) comes as standard, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the only one available with the direct-injected base engine.
The Tucson Hybrid gets power from the hybrid system based on a 1.6-liter inline-four turbo engine, possibly combined with a 6-speed automatic geatbox (the same as on the Hyundai Sonata).
An estimated power output totals 230 hp (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). A Tucson plug-in hybrid with the same turbo-four will be also available.
The crossover gets both front-wheel drive and HTRAC all-wheel drive. For some markets, the manufacturer enhances the AWD with more driving modes – Mud, Sand, Snow, which are built on the existing Eco, Comfort, Smart, and Sport.