Hyundai Tucson: the new generation breaks out

Original and engaging design, elegant interiors, a wide range of thermal and hybrid engines and lots of technology

Hyundai Tucson is one of the most popular models of the Korean house and its best-selling SUV. After 16 years of market presence and seven million units sold (1.4 of which in Europe), it is now in its fourth generation. Among the novelties stands out a decisive turn to the design that adds energy and elegance to the look. The interiors, on the other hand, are characterized by greater visual cleanliness. From the point of view of driver assistance, the systems have been updated and extended. The engine range has been extended to diesel and petrol mild hybrid versions, as well as full hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.


The front section of the new Tucson is completely new. An interesting fusion of lights and grid immediately stands out. At Hyundai they call this combination “Parametric Jewel”. In other words, the lights integrate with the grille without being separated through visible compartments. But that’s not all: both the grille fins and the LED modules have a design that in the overall view makes them look like the carved faces of a precious stone. In addition, when the lights are off, the entire front of the vehicle appears to be covered with a dark and uniform geometric texture, the headlights just disappear from view. It doesn’t end there: the lower area also contributes to enhancing the dynamism of the shapes, thanks to the gigantic side air intakes which, horizontally joined to the bodywork and in the same color as it, seem to support the lighting groups. The bumper is embellished with a chrome plating, in the same way as the skidplate that protects the underbody.
The side is also enriched with a chrome band that crosses the uprights; together with the many ribs of the bodywork and the particular design of the rims it gives back a very energetic general vision. The wheels are 17 to 19 inches in diameter. The tail completes the very dynamic appearance that distinguishes the new Tucson, thanks above all to the double LED lights with three-dimensional effect joined by a horizontal light band. These are the external dimensions of the vehicle: length 4,500 mm (20 more), wheelbase 2,680 mm (+10), width 1,865 mm (+15), height 1,650 mm (+5). The luggage compartment volume, depending on the engine, ranges from 546-620 liters with the rear seat raised (33 more) to 1,725-1,799 liters (+107) when it is lowered.


The idea of ​​space is marked in the cockpit of the new Hyundai Tucson. This is due in particular to the cleanliness of the dashboard. Compared to the previous generation, in fact, all the elements that “hindered” the eye have disappeared. Now everything is integrated into the dashboard at the same level: the multimedia screen, the instrument panel now digital, the air vents. In the automatic gearbox versions, the classic lever has also been removed, no longer necessary, as well as (unfortunately) the mechanical handbrake. Now the gearbox is operated via a push-button panel, in the style of the hydrogen Nexo; the paddles on the steering wheel remain. The 10.25-inch diagonal touch multimedia display is supported by another touch section for other functions. The ventilation slots hidden at the base of the windshield are a new solution for Hyundai and of valid stylistic success, as well as technically effective for the direction of the air flow. The upholstery is available in fabric or leather, in both single and double shades (black or black-beige).


The new Hyundai Tucson offers many choices in terms of engines, all four-cylinder and turbocharged. It starts with the 150 horsepower 1.6 T-GDI petrol (also available with four-wheel drive) and the 115 horsepower 1.6 CRDi diesel, both with six-speed manual gearbox. It continues with the 48-volt mild hybrid variants: 150 and 180 horsepower petrol and 136 horsepower diesel, the latter two also with all-wheel drive; the diesel only features the 7-speed dual-clutch Dct automatic gearbox, while the petrol engines can also be combined with the manual gearbox. This is followed by the full hybrid petrol version, with 230 horsepower (even 4×4). All of these versions will be available immediately at launch. A plug-in hybrid engine will also arrive in the course of 2021. The entry into the Tucson range of electronically controlled suspensions is very interesting. In addition, the hybrid versions with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission now have additional driving modes, specific for driving in mud, snow or sand.


The list of safety features of the new Hyundai Tucson is very long. Among the various systems we highlight: central airbag to prevent front passengers from colliding with each other; the front automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian and bicycle recognition now includes sensors to detect possible collisions at intersections, in left turns; automatic speed adaptation on the motorway to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle in front; automatic speed adaptation to the limit detected by the cameras; 360 degree view of the vehicle perimeter; remote parking (for full hybrid engines); vehicle approaching warning for rear passengers before opening the door.


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