Apparently, Hyundai Tucson buyers are forgetful people. We can picture it all in front of the supermarket parking lot. Wallet? Check. Coin for the shopping cart? Yes of course. Bonus card? Present. Satisfied, the Tucson owner walks over to the grocer until an alarm sounds. Oops, kids forget … No problem with the new Tucson. Thanks to the Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) you prevent your blood from being left behind in the warm car while you go on a bargain hunt.
Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybride
On to serious business. The engines, for example. Hyundai opts for electrification and eliminates diesel engines: the Tucson comes as a mild hybrid, as a hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid. Only a fully electric Tucson is missing. The Hyundai Tucson only comes with petrol engines. The 1.6 T-GDI petrol engine comes in three variants: with 150 hp, 180 hp or 230 hp. In the first two cases it is a mild hybrid, the 230 hp version is a ‘normal’ hybrid.
Later in 2021, the Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid will arrive, about which Hyundai has not yet announced details. The 150 hp version is also available without the support of an electric motor, as an old-fashioned petrol engine without fuss. The 230 hp Tucson is also available with four-wheel drive.
Tucson with automatic transmission
The Hyundai Tucson comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as well as an automatic transmission. The 150 hp petrol engine is only available with a manual gearbox. If you opt for the mild hybrid-Tucsons, you can choose between a manual and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The Hyundai Tucson hybrid with 230 hp is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai has worked hard on the appearance. At the front, the grille stands out, which merges seamlessly into the headlights. If you have switched off the lighting, you will not see the difference between the lights and the grille. The shape is somewhat reminiscent of the Mercedes EQC and Nissan Ariya. A striking fold has been made in the front and rear doors. Hyundai says it then looks like the car is jumping forward, even when it is stationary. The wheelbase has been extended by an inch, so that you have more space in the back. The luggage compartment of 620 liters (hybrid: 616 liters, mild hybrid: 576 l) has shrunk a bit: the old Tucson came to 629 liters.
In the interior we see a large touchscreen. There are no more physical buttons – let’s hope Hyundai has done this more intelligently than Volkswagen. With the Golf and the Seat Leon, we yearn for the return of buttons every trip. Hyundai also reports that the interior design is based on – we’re not making this up – waterfalls. Either way, the interior looks nice in the photos.
Hyundai Tucson price not yet known
Hyundai still leaves us in the dark about the price of the Tucson. He will come to the Netherlands in January 2021, together with the new one Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundai is also generous with the warranty at the Tucson: every buyer receives a five-year manufacturer’s warranty.