Hyundai Motor has unveiled the all-new Tucson, which features an advanced, experimental design and state-of the-art technology, setting new standards in the compact SUV segment and features a bigger and wider body than its predecessor
By offering the most electrified powertrain line-up in the compact SUV segment, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and 48-volt mild hybrid options, the all-new Tucson completes the electrification of Hyundai’s SUV fleet in Europe.
On the vehicle’s front grille which is crowned by a smooth glass Hyundai logo, when the lights are off, the front of the vehicle appears covered in dark, geometric patterns, with no distinction between the signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). This is thanks to the state-of-the-art half-mirror lighting technology. When the DRLs are switched on, the dark chrome appearance of the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes, bringing an eye-catching element to an otherwise sleek appearance. These details also continue at the rear where Hyundai has also added hidden rear wipers, which sit under the spoiler.
In terms of colour options customers can choose from nine exterior colours overall, including three new ones: Shimmering Silver, Amazon Grey and Teal. Moreover, the option of a two-tone roof in either a Phantom Black or Dark Knight offers customers even more scope for personalisation. Each exterior body colour can be combined with a two-tone roof.
On the inside the all-new Tuscon features a sophisticated and spacious interior. Twin silver garnish lines stream from the centre fascia to the rear doors which compliment the premium surface materials and neutral tones. The new 10.25-inch AVN-T screen fills the centre of the vehicle. Hyundai’s designers have dispensed with physical knobs and buttons, so all AVN and heat, ventilation and air conditioning functions are controlled via touch, making it the first Hyundai model to feature a full touchscreen console. High-quality soft-touch materials appear throughout the interior, lifting the look and feel to a new level, while new indirect air vents start from the doors and flow to the centre console.
Occupants can enjoy pleasant ambient mood lighting, which is positioned in the two side pockets of the centre fascia, in the wireless charging pad and door map pocket. It offers 64 configurable colours and 10 levels of brightness to fit every mood and offer even more scope for personalisation. In addition, customers can choose from three interior trims, including one-tone Black in fabric or leather, two-tone Black and Beige in fabric or leather and the Teal colour pack.
As you would expect from Hyundai the all-new Tucson is equipped with a host of state-of-the-art human-oriented technology features to provide an advanced digital experience.The upgraded Bluelink offers a range of new benefits and services for Hyundai customers, including Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation and a new User Profile feature. Meanwhile, customers can locate their vehicle, lock and unlock it remotely, or view vehicle attributes like fuel level, via the Bluelink app. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow customers to mirror the functionality of their iOS and Android smartphones in a simplified and convenient manner. A wireless charging pad in the centre console, as well as front and rear USB ports for even more convenience, particularly on long journeys.
When it comes to passenger and driver safety the all-new Tucson is fitted with an enhanced seven-airbag system, which features a new first row center side airbag, a feature unique to this segment. In addition the vehicle has Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which sounds alarms when a collision becomes imminent with cars, bicycles, or pedestrians ahead. For the first time the Tucson, gets Junction Turning, this function detects oncoming cars from the other side when turning left at a junction and, if a collision appears likely, applies the brakes to stop the car.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) keeps the vehicle safety centred within the lane. Using the forward camera to recognise the intended lane, LFA will automatically provide corrective steering input to help maintain the centre path. This works together with the Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) function, which prevents accidental lane departure and now detects road edges as well as lines.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW) is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents. This works in tandem with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA). LVDA alerts the driver when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving forward and they do not react quickly enough, for example at traffic lights.
Introduced for the first time in a compact SUV, Highway Driving Assist (HDA) makes highway driving safer and more comfortable. HDA regulates the car’s speed and maintains its distance to other vehicles in front, as well as the current lane of travel on the highway. A special button on the steering wheel allows the driver to activate HDA with just one click.
Another new feature is Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA). As well as displaying speed limits on the AVN screen, ISLA automatically adjusts the all-new Tucson’s speed so that drivers do not exceed the limit.
A feature unique to the segment is the Blind view Monitor. When the driver signals a lane change, one of the two main dials of the 10.25’’ Supervision Cluster will display a view of the blind spot of the respective side. This offers an enhancement of the views on the side mirror, and also provides additional visual support in dark and rainy conditions.
The all-new Tucson also offers the Surround View Monitor (SVM), so that drivers can experience a 360-degree, three-dimensional view of the vehicle from various viewpoints. This includes zooming in and out for the front, rear, left and right of the vehicle SVM also utilises a bird’s eye view to further enhance the visibility of potential obstacles.
When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and those in the same lane ahead at night, as well as changing to low-beam as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. When no more vehicles are detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beams, maximising the driver’s range of vision.
The all-new Tucson consolidates its true SUV credentials with 4×4 capabilities, thanks to its new Terrain Mode selector, which provides even more enjoyment for drivers. This feature, available on hybrid version with automatic transmission, utilises Hyundai’s signature HTRAC four-wheel drive technology, which enables agile handling and better torque application depending on wheel grip and vehicle speed. In addition to different drive modes, three additional terrain modes – Mud, Sand and Snow – optimise the driving performance and HTRAC settings for an enhanced driving experience on a variety of terrain.
By offering three electrified powertrain options and two internal combustion engines with four transmission choices, the all-new Tucson suits every type of driver. With petrol and diesel 48-volt mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid available to consumers, the all-new Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in the compact SUV segment. In addition to the electrified powertrains, the all-new Tucson also offers a range of gasoline and diesel options.
Hyundai has combined its efficient and responsive 48-volt mild hybrid technology with the 150 PS 1.6-litre T-GDI, which will be available with six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (6iMT) and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT). Another well-balanced option is the 1.6-litre T-GDI with 180 PS, which will be offered with six-speed iMT with two-wheel drive in addition to 7DCT with four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the 136 PS 1.6-litre CRDi 48V mild hybrid engine arrives with 7DCT and either four- and two-wheel drive.
When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream petrol engine is available with 150 PS, a six-speed manual transmission and four- or two-wheel drive.
All-new Tucson customers have the option of Hyundai’s newly developed iMT. iMT operates purely electronically, and decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator while driving at constant speed, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode. This improves overall fuel efficiency. The driver’s chosen gear remains engaged even with the engine off. The engine restarts in the same gear as soon as the driver presses either the brake or accelerator pedals thanks to the burst of power provided by the Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG). The transmission restarts the engine in neutral (with an open clutch) if the driver pushes the clutch pedal to change gear, or if the vehicle speed is too low for the current engaged gear.
The first all-new Tucson models – hybrid, diesel and gasoline including 48-volt mild hybrid – will appear in Hyundai’s European showrooms towards the end of this year. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid version and N Line trim will arrive at the beginning of next year.
Please note: actual specifications will differ by market and will be subject to further announcement nearer the time of on sale