New Hyundai Tucson unveiled
Hyundai has finally revealed the new-gen Tucson. Tucson uses the brand’s latest design direction while also introducing newer hybrid powertrain options. Although Tucson doesn't sell much here, it's one of the most sold products from the company across the globe.
Upfront, the busy grille incorporates some part of the headlamps in its fin-like structure. Below, there’s the wide gaping lower grille and on either side, more lights. There are numerous cuts and creases all around the doors, fenders, and on the floating roof thus giving it a character of its own.
Thankfully the new Tucson gets some interesting design elements this time. Even the angular wheel arches look nice. Wrap around lights is seen from the side. But our favorite element are easily the over-the-top 19-inch alloy wheels which is striking proportionate to the design.
At the rear, the canine-tooth style taillight design catches attention on the previously bland design. Hyundai logo now sits above, integrated into the rear windscreen. Nice touch.
The new Tucson's cabin in design looks right in place. The tablet-style driver’s display stacked behind the steering wheel looks futuristic. And the Creta-like steering is joined by a wide touchscreen on the center console.
Below it lies the air-con control unit without any physical buttons, well something that's not my type due to the distractions. The center console also misses out on a conventional gear lever. Being a Hyundai, there are a plethora of features and a long list of creature comforts as well.
The ambient lighting is placed in a subtle way which is not too distracting something which is well addressed with all Hyundai's.
Let's talk the mechanicals of the new Tucson, the standard engine in the 2022 Tucson is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder making 190bhp/260Nm. Which will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Next in the line-up is a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder conjoined to some electrification. It is claimed to produce 230bhp and 350Nm. Moreover, the 48V mild-hybrid option is applied to the other 1.6-litre CRDi and T-GDI powertrains as well. Also joining the seven-speed DCT automatic is Hyundai’s latest iMT transmission option. While the former will be available with a four-wheel-drive, the latter will be restricted to front-wheel-drive only.
Hyundai is expected to announce the pricing of the new Tucson closer to its market launch sometime next year. India debut might only happen around 2022.