Hyundai has revealed the first details of the new Tucson plug-in hybrid. The latest drive option for the popular compact SUV from Hyundai will be available in stores from spring 2021.
The drive consists of the combination of a new turbo engine with gasoline direct injection, the 1.6-liter T-GDI Smartstream, with a 66.9 kilowatt electric motor. Its lithium-ion polymer battery has a capacity of 13.8 kilowatt hours. Together, the petrol engine and the electric motor deliver 195 kW (265 hp) maximum power and 350 Nm maximum torque.
This makes the plug-in hybrid the most powerful variant in the engine range of the new Hyundai Tucson. In combination with the new electric motor, the six-speed automatic transmission offers optimum power transmission to all four wheels.
In order to minimize air resistance and thereby lower both fuel consumption and emissions, the Tucson, as a plug-in hybrid, has an active air flap in the grille. It regulates the air intake depending on the coolant temperature of the engine, the vehicle speed and other factors.
As with all other hybrid vehicles, the Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid is solely powered by the electric motor at low speeds. This leads to a quiet journey and reduces fuel consumption to zero. By pressing a button in the cockpit that controls the driving modes, the driver can manually select fully electric driving depending on the speed.
The electric range of the Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid is over 50 kilometers. Equipped with a 7.2 kW onboard charger, the driver can charge his vehicle at a public charging station or via a wallbox.
All-wheel drive is standard in the new Tucson plug-in hybrid. It is equipped with the HTRAC all-wheel drive technology developed by Hyundai and a terrain mode selector switch for safe driving in difficult terrain. HTRAC distributes the drive force variably to the front and rear wheels depending on the traction conditions and driving condition. The driver can use the terrain mode selector switch to adjust the response behavior of power, torque and braking.
As an option, Hyundai offers an adaptive chassis for the new Tucson plug-in hybrid. The driver can use the selectable Eco or Sport mode programs to adjust the steering characteristics, as well as the suspension and damping of the Tucson, to different driving situations and personal preferences.