New Hyundai Tucson debuts with chiseled looks, electrified options


You gotta appreciate Hyundai for not limiting its crazy new design language just for the concepts. Just when you thought that the Santa Fe facelift is the brand’s craziest looking vehicle, Hyundai obviously has more to offer, in the form of the 4th generation Tucson. It takes the craziness to the max and then some.

The new Tucscon sports an evolved version of the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language mixed with ‘Parametric Dynamics’ concept. The front grille might remind you of the Le Fil Rouge concept, while the sharp creases on the side are similar to those on the new Elantra. When the ‘Parametric Hidden Lights’ are off, the front of the vehicle appears dark with only the geometric patterns to admire. At the rear, the taillight detailing mimics that of the front; they look like fangs. As standard, the Tucson rides on 17-inch steel wheels, while up to 19-inch alloys are available in the options list.


Built on a new platform, the new Tucson measures 4,500 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width and 1,650 mm in height. It boasts a wheelbase of 2,680 mm.

There is a total of 9 colors to pick from, especially for the European customers. These include Shimmering Silver with Dark Knight roof, Amazon Gray with Phantom Black roof, Teal with Phantom Black roof, Phantom Black with Dark Knight roof, Polar White with Phantom Black roof, Engine Red with Phantom Black roof, Sunset Red with Phantom Black roof, Silky Bronze with Dark Knight roof, and Dark Knight with Phantom Black roof. The dual-tone paint scheme is optional.

Unlike the super-busy looking exterior, the interior feels very calm with clean flowing lines. There are 3 themes for the interior: single-tone Black (fabric or leather), two-tone Black or Grey & Beige (fabric or leather), and Teal pack (fabric or leather).

Feature list includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch central touchscreen, Bluelink connected car technologies, 64-color ambient lighting, 3-zone climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats. The new Tucson also features the new Multi-Air Mode technology that we read about in July.

Safety and driver assistance
The rest of the features are the usual active safety and driver assistance systems that you’d expect, such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control Curve (NSCC-C), Blind Spot-Collision Warning (BCW), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Rear Cross-traffic Collision-avoidance Assist (RCCA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) and so on. The HEV and PHEV variants would get Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) where the vehicle can be parked via the Smart Key. Passive safety includes a total of 7 airbags including a first row center side airbag.

As for the suspension, Hyundai says that the new Tucson has also been tuned at Nürburgring Nordschleife in addition to various other demanding tracks, climatic conditions and public roads. Buyers can choose between two different suspension systems with both offering adaptive and conventional dampers. The ECS (Electronic Controlled Suspension) adaptive damping technology reduces roll, pitch and vertical motion to enhance ride and handling, Hyundai said.

Moving on to the business end of the story, the new Tucson offers conventional petrol and diesel as well as electrified powertrains, with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. The 1.6L T-GDI offers 150 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. The 1.6L CRDi pumps out 115 hp and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. The aforementioned petrol and diesel engines are also available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

The HEV variant combines a 1.6L T-GDI and a 60 hp electric motor for a combined output of 230 hp, and so is the PHEV with 1.6L T-GDI and an electric motor for a combined output of 265 hp — both same as the Santa Fe HEV and PHEV, but more details will be available at a later date.

Depending on the variant, gearboxes will be a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed AT and a 7-speed DCT. Download the technical specifications sheet here.

The new Tucson N Line is also expected to be revealed at a later date.

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