Latest Hyundai Tucson joins the bunched crossover amalgam ranks, with a accomplished new attending to angle out with.
One thing’s for sure: you won’t calmly aberration the new Hyundai Tucson for any added SUV on the road. The Korean automaker showed off the latest adaptation of its bunched action ‘ute backward Monday night. It introduces a adventuresome new attending for the brand’s acknowledged SUV, while additionally bolstering the calendar with two amalgam models.
New drivetrains aren’t the alone affair on the card actuality either. Hyundai is loading the Tucson up with affluence of technology at passengers’ fingertips as able-bodied as beneath the skin. Here’s the abounding breakdown on the Korean acknowledgment to the Toyota RAV4.
For the aboriginal time, Hyundai will be alms the Tucson in two lengths, depending on market. North America will see the beyond of the two, barometer 182.2 inches (4,630 mm) from that characteristic adenoids to tail. It’s this archetypal we’re seeing today. The short-wheelbase archetypal gives up about aloof over 5 inches (130 mm) in length. Even with the added length, the Tucson will aperture in amid the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue—the closing new for 2021—when it touches bottomward on our shores abutting year. The Hyundai does affection the longest wheelbase in the articulation however, with 108.5 inches (2,755 mm) amid the axles. Height is up beneath than an inch, to 65.5 (1,665 mm).
No amount the market, the new Tucson will backpack the aforementioned “Parametric Dynamics” styling. Aftermost week’s teasers appropriate a adventurous new look, and Hyundai has delivered on that with the abounding reveal. Up front, Hyundai has army the Tucson’s daytime active lamps (DRLs) aural the grille, alone apparent back they’re on. It’s a attending agnate in execution, if not look, to the Sonata. The flanks are brimming of slashes and creases, visually bond the new SUV to its abate Elantra affinity after attractive like a copy.
Moving rearward, the Tucson appearance a full-width LED ablaze band belted by two pairs of diagonal, three-dimensional taillight strips. The abutting affair we could analyze it to would be a Mustang, but in beheading the Tucson’s appendage is actual different. The beautiful looks don’t bassinet accumulator amplitude either: Hyundai is commendation 38.7 cubic anxiety (1,096 liters) with the rear seats up, almost beneath than the segment-best 2021 Rogue’s 39.3 (1,112).
If there’s one criticism to be levelled at the Tucson—and best new cars in general—it’s a abridgement of blush in the accessible acrylic palette. The gas-engined archetypal will action seven acrylic choices, with dejected and red sitting beside assorted connected shades. Amalgam models bead the choices bottomward to four. Autogenous trim, be it bolt or leather, is rendered in either atramentous or gray.
The fourth-gen Tucson will agitate up the under-hood lineup, with a new entry-level agent and not one but two amalgam options. The agent calendar starts with a direct-injection 2.5-liter inline-four, rated at an estimated 187 hp and 182 lb-ft of max torque. This naturally-aspirated comminute shacks up with a accepted eight-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the higher-spec advantage is the accustomed 1.6-liter turbo engine, bearing 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of twist.
So far, that sounds agnate to the Sonata—but the turbo additionally comes as allotment of a amalgam bureaucracy in the Tucson. The electrified bureaucracy boosts absolute arrangement achievement to 227 horsepower, and torque sees a agnate lift to 258 lb-ft. A Hyundai PR rep accepted the amalgam versions uses a six-speed adaptation of Hyundai’s Active Shift Ascendancy (ASC) hydraulic-type automatic transmission.
It’s a altered amalgam bureaucracy than either the Elantra or Sonata, instead administration its outputs with the 2021 Kia Sorento hybrid. More importantly, both the application and torque abstracts concealment those of the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V amalgam models. Hyundai has yet to advertise array sizes for either the amalgam or constituent models.
All-wheel drive models additionally affection up to seven selectable drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Smart, Sport, Mud, Sand, and Snow.
The automaker additionally accepted a Tucson N Line is coming. An N Line adaptation of the accepted Tucson hit Europe aftermost year, but this time the sportier trim will be accessible beyond the globe. There’s no chat on whether it will affection a different drivetrain.
Inside, the Tucson majors on tech. It adopts an all-digital apparatus console like the new Elantra, barometer 10.25 inches across. The birr itself has a bright two-level architecture to it, with the top area wrapping about the doors and abounding bottomward into the axial infotainment screen. Actuality buyers will accept two options: an 8.0-inch awning or—in the Tucson’s top trim—another 10.25-inch item. Hyundai’s columnist absolution makes acknowledgment of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the abate touchscreen: we accomplished out for description on whether the 10.25-inch awning would additionally accommodate the feature, and were told it’s to be bent in the US.
Depending on market, the Tucson will additionally accommodate Car-to-home advice with acute home appliances, as able-bodied as an air ablution feature. The closing monitors air affection in the Tucson and displays air-pollution levels in real-time.
Hyundai’s Digital Key is additionally accessible here. The aggregation hasn’t accepted it, but Digital Key is acceptable to abide an Android-only affection for Tucson. The tech allows owners to digitally “lend” their keys to ancestors and friends.
Of advance there’s a abounding array of disciplinarian abetment features, which Hyundai dubs SmartSense. This includes aids such as automatic emergency braking with banal detection, lane-keep and follow, blind-spot appearance monitor, blind-spot warning, 360-degree camera view, auto high-beams, and disciplinarian absorption warning. Hyundai’s Highway Active Abetment is additionally allotment of the suite. Added high-level active aids will accommodate blind-spot collision-avoidance abetment with rear-cross cartage capability, avant-garde cruise ascendancy with stop and go functionality, and Safe Exit Warning.
Hyundai appear the new Tucson would go on auction in Korea by the end of this month. North Americans will charge to delay until the aboriginal bisected of abutting year, back it touches bottomward actuality as a 2022 model. Pricing will access afterpiece to that time, admitting we’re assured a appropriate bang over the accepted model’s $24,875 starting price.
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