Hyundai Tucson (2020): Revolutionary design, extensive electrification and automatic parking

Hyundai Tucson is introduced in a new generation. The carmaker emphasizes its completely new design and range of engines, which is to be the most electrified in the compact SUV segment.

Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV offered by the Korean brand since 2004. The second generation from 2009 to 2015 was known in Europe as ix35, but the subsequent third generation returned to the globally famous name. Now there is the fourth generation that wants to build on the success of its predecessors. Hyundai Tucson has sold over seven million units in its career.

Despite the successes of the last generation, the carmaker did not proceed with the evolution of its shapes, but with a complete revolution. The Hyundai Tucson is an expression of the new design direction of the Sensuous Sportiness brand (sensual sportiness), which is gradually evolving. The motif of a jewel (expressed by sharp edges) is repeated several times on the car, inspired by the Vision T concept from 2019.

Revolutionary design

The result is a very extravagant style, especially in terms of the front parts. The new Tucson has received unique headlights announced in advance, which optically turn into a radiator grille. Hyundai says that the car will be clearly distinguishable in such a busy segment as compact SUVs. The stern with optically interconnected tail lamps is similarly pronounced. The brand’s logo then moved to the rear window, the rear wiper to the roof spoiler, which is supposed to help the design cleanliness of the rear.

On the contrary, in terms of dimensions, not much has changed. However, the Tucson grew slightly when it was 20 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 5 mm taller with a length of 4,500 mm, a width of 1,865 mm and a height of 1,650 mm. The wheelbase then stretched by 10 mm to 2,680 mm, while the boot provides a volume of up to 620 liters, depending on the variant.

Hyundai Tucson – comparison of dimensions with the competition
Model Hyundai Tucson Citroën C5 Aircross Ford Kuga Kia Sportage Škoda Karoq VW Tiguan
Length (mm) 4500 4500 4614 4485 4382 4509
Width (mm) 1865 1969 1882 1855 1841 1839
Height (mm) 1650 1654 1666 1645 1603 1675
Wheelbase (mm) 2680 2730 2710 2670 2638 2678
Luggage capacity (l) to 620 580 to 645 to 503 521 615

The interior also went through a literal revolution. Hyundai calls it Interspace and is a state-of-the-art era. The central element is the screen of the multimedia system, which is not free-standing, but is again integrated into the center panel. It has a 10.25 “diagonal and is complemented below by touch controls for adjusting the car’s air conditioning and other functions. The Tucson follows the trend of the time and is the first serial Hyundai to rely on a full touch console.

The multimedia system does not lack the latest features. There is the possibility of mirroring the smartphone thanks to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Last Mile Navigation function, when approaching the destination, sends the necessary data to the smartphone, so that the driver can only get to the destination from the parking lot, using mobile navigation. There is also synchronization with the calendar on the smartphone.

The instrument panel also changed when it lost its traditional chapel to emphasize airiness. it is also digital, also with a 10.25 “display. An interesting motif is the line surrounding the crew, which also incorporates ventilation vents. The automatic transmission is controlled by buttons on the center tunnel.

Extensive electrification of motors

Similarly, the engine offering, which Hyundai claims to be the most widely electrified in the Tucson segment, has adapted to the new era. Petrol and diesel mild hybrids are available, as well as full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Let’s start with mild hybrids, which are supplemented by a 48V electrical network. There are two power versions to choose from, the supercharged 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder petrol engine in the Smartstream series with 110 kW and 132 kW, which is complemented by the 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel (100 kW). While for petrol engines there will be a choice between a six-speed iMT manual with a clutch without mechanical coupling and a seven-speed two-clutch transmission. This will be available exclusively for the diesel sixteen.

The hybrid then relies on a combination of a supercharged four-cylinder 1.6 T-GDI with a 44.2 kW electric motor, a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and a six-speed automatic transmission. The combined power of the device will be 169 kW. Later, a plug-in hybrid with a total output of 195 kW will arrive. We will find out more about it, but under the hood it will also have a supercharged petrol sixteen.

For opponents of electrification, we have good news that the new Tucson will continue to be available with conventional motors, without an auxiliary electric motor. Specifically, it will be a 1.6 T-GDI (110 kW) and a 1.6 CRDi (85 kW) paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Tucson – Technical data of offered engines
Motor 1.6 T-GDI HEV 1.6 T-GDI 48V 1.6 T-GDI 48V 1.6 CRDi 48V 1.6 T-GDI 1.6 CRDi
Tree 2WD {4WD} 2WD 2WD {4WD} 2WD {4WD} 2WD {4WD} 2WD
Displacement [cm3] 1598 1598 1598 1598 1598 1598
Cylinders / valves 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
Greatest performance [kW] 169 110 132 100 110 85
Torque [N.m] 265 250 265 280 (320) 250 280
Transmission 6A 6M (7DS) 6M (7DS) 6M (7DS) 6M 6M
Max. speed [km/h] 193 189 205 {201} 180 189 175
Acceleration 0-100 km / h [s] 8,0 {8,3} 10,3 (9,6) 9,4 (9,0) (11,4) {11,6} 10,3 {10,6} 12,1

The chassis consists of a combination of MacPherson struts at the front and multi-element suspension at the rear. There are two types of chassis available, the conventional one is complemented by a solution with electronically controlled shock absorbers with different modes for different driving situations. The offer also includes all-wheel drive with different modes depending on the surface under the wheels. It will be available for both hybrid and petrol engines and mildhybrid turbodiesel.

Rich safety equipment

The new Tucson also thinks about security by adding several completely new security solutions. There are seven airbags, including the center between the front seats, which has already been offered by the new Toyota Yaris. The automatic braking function can now deal with imminent collisions at junctions, while the highway assistant combines the functions of adaptive cruise control, keeping the vehicle in the lane and recognizing traffic signs. The car can thus handle assisted driving if it manages to adapt to the maximum permitted speed.

Blind View Monitor then displays the image from the rear view cameras on the infotainment display when the blinker is started, to minimize the blind spot. And to top it off, Tucson will also warn of the imminent danger of people getting out of the vehicle or evaporating them remotely from the parking lot.

The new Hyundai Tucson is, as usual, a global model. It will start selling on the domestic Korean market later this month, and will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2020. At the beginning of next year, a plug-in hybrid version and a N Line trim level will follow. The Czech Hyundai plant in Nošovice will of course again take care of production for European markets.


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