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2019 Hyundai Tucson gets refreshed exterior and more equipment

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Hyundai has unveiled the refreshed Tucson at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The new model gets minor design upgrades and added equipment.

Exterior changes include redesigned cascading grille, new headlamps, tail lamps, redesigned exhaust finisher and new 18-inch wheels. Depending on the trim, there are 17 or 19-inch wheels as well.

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Interiors have got some design tweaks too. Equipment list includes 7-inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Blue Link Connected Car System with 3 years of complimentary services, Electronic parking brake, Surround View Monitor and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go.

Optionals include High Beam Assist, rain-sensing wipers, second-row USB charger and Qi wireless charging.

Safety equipment includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA). Optional safety equipment includes FCA with Pedestrian Detection and Driver attention warning.

Powertrain
The 2019 model includes a revised set of powertrains. The two engines offered include a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (with an estimated 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft. / 205 Nm of torque) and a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder engine (with an estimated 181 hp and 175 lb-ft. / 237 Nm of torque). Both are coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre engine is found on the Value and SE trims and the 2.4-litre engine is inside the SEL, Sport and Limited trims. The 6-speed offers Shiftronic manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds, the company said.

“From a design perspective, onlookers will recognize a generational harmony between Hyundai’s new 2019 Santa Fe and the refreshed Tucson,” said Chris Chapman, lead designer, Hyundai Motor America. “The signature elements of the Hyundai cascading grille and modern-day surfacing found in the rear view create shadowy, dramatic impressions and represent the Hyundai DNA.”

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