We have already seen the new, but this is our first completely clear view of the SUV. The 2022 Tucson will be sold worldwide in long and short wheelbase variants, depending on the region. Here in the US – as well as China and Korea – we’re going to get the long wheelbase version, so that’s our focus.
The biggest change for the fourth generation is the bold new exterior design, which Hyundai calls “parametric dynamics”. The 2022 Tucson looks amazing from almost every angle, starting with the aggressive,Front end. There you will find a massive geometric grille that integrates 10 daytime running lights of the “half mirror” type, which are perfectly hidden when deactivated, but show themselves when illuminated. The main headlights and high beam are now in smaller grille openings below the daytime running lights.
There’s a little bit ofin the chopped roofline and bulging fenders of the SUV, but overall the SUV is much sharper and angular overall, with more upright proportions. At the rear, the Tucson’s taillights, triangular-like, are linked by a full-width light bar.
Inside, the Tucson is based on what Hyundai calls the Interspace concept and emphasizes the spaciousness through the shape and details of the two-tier dashboard. Chrome embellishments wrap the passengers, integrate the ventilation slots and flow into the infotainment stack in a waterfall style, which is accentuated by 64-color ambient lighting.
Front and center, the Tucson stacks an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen for navigation over a less capacitive touch surface with more infotainment links and controls for climate and media. In the entry-level versions, the main display is reduced to a still quite large 8-inch unit. However you goand are standard. Also standard is a digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster that hovers in front of the steering wheel and driver’s seat without a bonnet.
The technician doesn’t stop at the dashboard. Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist technology, first used in the Sonata, which allows drivers to remotely pull the vehicle into or out of a tight parking lot with the push of a button, will also be available. There’s also the entire Hyundai SmartSense safety suite (there’s a tongue twister), which has adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic, an advanced lane departure warning system, and more.
With Hyundai Digital Key technology, owners can use a smartphone as a vehicle key. With the digital key, drivers can lock and unlock the doors, start the engine and drive away using Bluetooth and NFC technology. The phone can even be used to remotely start the car and activate climate controls from up to 90 feet away.
The Tucson will be available in conventional, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Its engine room will house either a 2.5-liter Smartstream four-cylinder with 190 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque or a turbo-charged hybrid system.
The hybrid’s 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder develops 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, supplemented by an electric motor for a total system output of 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This looks like the same hybrid powertrain as thatwith probably the same 1.49 kWh lithium-ion battery for the HEV and a 13.8 kWh battery for the PHEV.
Economics and plug-in range have not yet been stated, but we expect these details to be announced shortly before the Tucson 2022 launch. We also expect to learn more about an upcoming one. The previous generation got one ;; The next N line should be a global start.