America’s 2022 Hyundai Tucson Brings Radical Styling And Hybrid Powertrains
BY MICHAEL KARKAFIRIS
NOVEMBER 9, 2020
Hyundai has revealed the all-new 2022 Tucson for the U.S. market, following the model’s worldwide debut back in September.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will launch in the U.S. market with a range of more fuel-efficient gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The first examples of the new Tucson will launch in the market with gasoline and hybrid engines in spring 2021, with the plug-in hybrid models to follow in summer 2021.The exterior styling of the new Tucson is perhaps the most radical departure for Hyundai’s global best-seller. The carmaker’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness design language has given the new SUV a much more distinctive presence on the road.
Hyundai’s integration of design and technology is apparent on the new Tucson’s front end, where we find half-mirror-type DRLs seamlessly blended with the front grille, making them visible only when illuminated.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Tucson is bigger in every dimension, giving it a more spacious and comfortable cabin. The wheelbase now measures 108.5 inches, 3.4 inches longer than before, while cargo volume is now rated at 38.7 cubic feet, an increase of 7.7 cubic feet.
The engine range of the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson kicks off with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Smartstream unit, which produces 187 HP and 178 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai estimates that it’s more fuel-efficient than the previous 2.4-liter model, returning 28 mpg combined. The company will also offer the option of its HTRAC AWD system with this engine.
The hybrid variant of the new Hyundai Tucson combines a 177 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with a 59 HP electric motor and a 1.49kWh battery pack, for a system output of 226 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid powertrain works through a specially tuned six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai says that the hybrid Tucson will offer 30 percent better fuel efficiency and 20 percent more torque than the standard engine, as well as a driving range of over 500 miles.
Last but not least, we get the plug-in hybrid variant of the new Hyundai Tucson. The carmaker didn’t reveal just yet any output figures but we do know that it also uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine at its heart and features a bigger 13.8 kWh battery pack. The estimated EV range is 28 miles while the estimated fuel economy is over 70 MPGe. Hyundai says that it’ll take less than two hours to recharge the battery, using the onboard 7.2kW charger.