Hyundai has revealed the latest version of its Tucson SUV with striking new styling and a suite of new technology.
The fourth generation of the Korean firm’s mid-size SUV is due to go on sale later this year but ahead of its launch Hyundai has revealed more about the design, drivetrain and technology behind the car.
The new car brings many of the design touches first seen on the Vision T concept car last year, created using what Hyundai calls “parametric dynamics” generated by geometric algorithms, rather than traditional sketch design.
Most striking among the sharp new “parametric jewels” created by the process are the car’s headlights which blend in almost unnoticed with the grille and wings until they are switched on. The sharp, multifaceted “jewels” continue throughout the car, with bold creases along the wings and doors and angular LED lighting at the rear.
Inside, the all-new Tucson is larger than the outgoing model, with a simplified, smooth design apparently inspired by waterfalls. A 10.25-inch touchscreen controls everything from the stereo to the heating, with virtually no physical controls. In front of the driver the instrument binnacle has been lowered and features another 10.25-inch all-digital display. Wireless phone charging, multiple USB points and three-zone climate control are among the convenience and comfort features of the new model, along with internet connectivity and a family-friendly rear sleeping mode that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without the same audio being transmitted to the rear speakers.
Under the skin, Hyundai says the Tucson has the most electrified drivetrain options in its class with mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid options available alongside two conventional engines.
Standard engines are a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol which will be available with two or four-wheel drive, and a 1.6-litre 134bhp diesel which will be two-wheel-drive only.
Both these engines will also be available as 48V mild hybrids, with the petrol offered in 148bhp tune with two-wheel drive or as a two- or four-wheel drive 178bhp version.
The full hybrid Tuscon will be the most powerful version available at launch. Using the 1.6-litre petrol and a 44.2kW electric motor, it produces 227bhp and comes in two or four-wheel-drive versions.
Next year a 261bhp plug-in hybrid using the same engine will join the range.
Performance and economy details for all the models will be released closer to the car’s launch.Updating the Tucson’s safety technology, Hyundai has incorporated a full suite of advanced driver aids, from forward collision mitigation to smart cruise control that can preemptively adjust for upcoming corners. The Tucson also introduces remote parking assist which will let owners of hybrid models move their car forwards and backwards into a parking space while standing outside the car.
First deliveries of the new Tuscon are expected by the end of this year, with the PHEV and N Line spec arriving in 2021.