All-New Hyundai Tucson From Every Angle
by Jose Antonio López
Sep 15, 2020
The Tucson also receives an optional HTRAC all wheel drive system with terrain modes. While this system doesn’t make the Tucson a true off-road vehicle, it does increase the capability of the compact crossover compared to its predecessor. Hyundai also provides electronically controlled suspension for the new Tucson that reduce body roll and pitch, and allow for a Sport mode that shows more noticeable difference between Normal and Sport modes than outgoing models.
Hyundai has also announced that the next generation Tucson will be available in two different wheelbases depending on what individual markets dictate.
Pricing is yet to be announced, but we do know that while the new Tucson will be available as a 2021 model in Korea, it will be coming to the US as a 2022 model year car sometime in the first half of 2021, and we hope that the US version retains all the goodies we’ve seen at its unveiling today.Hyundai has also promised a N Line version of the new Hyundai Tucson coming soon, but has not said anything about a hotter full “N” version of the redesigned Tucson. Since Hyundai is already using the naturally aspirated 2.5L engine in the Tucson at launch, it seems safe to reason that an N Line variant could use the turbocharged 2.5L as in the Sonata N Line.In stark contrast to the complex shapes of the exterior, the new Tucson’s interior is very simple and clean. Two silver trim lines extend from the sides of the center stack across both sides of the dashboard and onto the upper interior door trim. These trim lines integrate the infotainment and climate controls, air vents, as well as memory seats for well equipped models into a single sweeping design element. The available 10.25” touch screen sits atop an array of inductive redundant controls that control the sound system, in-car navigation, Bluetooth phone with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a suite of other technology.
From the driver’s perspective, the new Tucson features a fully digital instrument cluster with a minimalist design that does away with the standard binnacle that most gauge clusters sit in. The leather wrapped steering wheel also has a minimalist design but contains all the usual controls you are used to, with an elegant satin chrome line outlining the lower part of the wheel.To drive the car, you can use the drive by wire with buttons similar to those found in the Palisade. There’s also an electronic parking brake and auto hold function, and the drive mode selector is a toggle at the front of the transmission select buttons.The new Tucson is a big step up for the compact crossover, with styling, technology, and performance enhancements that seem likely to set a higher bar for the segment, and continue a refreshing restyling of the Hyundai brand both inside and out.
One of the biggest departures from the current Tucson is the bold exterior design, which follows a design language Hyundai calls “Sensuous Sportiness.”
The daytime running lights are fully integrated into the largefront grille, and when the car is off, they are unnoticeable among the dark chrome features. However, when you start driving, the edges of the geometric designed grille light up in 5 distinct, jewel-like triangles of light on each side. Note that the actual LED headlights and turn signals are housed in separate units lower down the front bumper in a darkened housing that blends in seamlessly with a pair of small air ducts that supply cooling to the brakes and improved aerodynamics.