Hyundai has fully revealed its new Tucson, with the fourth generation of the popular crossover debuting the firm’s bold “experimental” exterior design.
The new model has grown some 20 mm to 4 500 mm long, with its width now pegged at 1 865 mm (up 15 mm) and height at 1 650 mm (up 5 mm). The wheelbase has been increased by 10 mm to 2 680 mm, which the Korean company says helps add 26 mm to second-row legroom. Luggage capacity varies according to the chosen powertrain but tops out at a claimed 620 litres, with up to 1 799 litres of utility space with the rear seats folded down.
Hyundai describes the new Tucson’s exterior design as a “revolution” inspired by the Vision T SUV concept of 2019. Interestingly, the company says it moved away from “traditional drawing and sketching methods” when styling the newcomer, with Hyundai’s designers instead developing the new Tucson’s design elements through “geometric algorithms produced by cutting-edge digital technology”.
Inside, you’ll find a new 10,25-inch touchscreen in the centre of the facia, which is used to control all audio, visual, navigation, heat, ventilation and air conditioning functions (that’s right, you’ll struggle to find any physical knobs or buttons here). The instrument display, meanwhile, also measures 10,25 inches and has been positioned noticeably lower.
In Europe, buyers will be able to choose between two different suspension systems (conventional damping and adaptive damping), with three wheel choices (17-, 18- and 19-inch alloys) on the cards.
And under the bonnet? Well, Hyundai promises it will offer the “broadest range of electrified powertrains” in the segment in Europe. Indeed, the line-up on that continent is set to include three electrified powertrain options and two internal combustion engines, with four transmission choices.
The full hybrid model uses the company's turbocharged 1,6-litre T-GDI petrol engine and a 44,2 kW electric motor, the latter drawing urge from a 1,49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Offered with a six-speed automatic transmission (and available with front- or all-wheel drive), Hyundai says this will be the most powerful model in the range at launch, with a combined output of 169 kW.
The turbopetrol engine is also offered with 48 V mild-hybrid technology, with either 110 kW in front-wheel-drive form or 132 kW in all-wheel-drive guise. There’s also a 1,6-litre CRDi turbodiesel mill with mild-hybrid tech and some 100 kW.
When not mated to the 48 V system, the 1,6-litre T-GDI petrol unit makes 110 kW, while the oil-burner offers 85 kW. A plug-in hybrid version using the petrol engine is also on the cards for 2021, boasting a healthy 195 kW.
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