VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga and Co. can dress warmly. Hyundai launches a new Tucson. The face introduced with the American Hyundai Sonata is now also introducing a new design language in Europe.
If the new Hyundai Tucson 2021 has switched off its daytime running lights, the radiator grille and light elements such as the gloomy mask of Darth Vader or Batman are presented. With illuminated daytime running lights and the five distinctive LED modules on the left and right, the face looks completely different, so that it shows a new face when the main headlights are switched on. It is no less pithy at the rear, because here there is not only the inflationary LED light strip, but also two distinctive light elements on the left and right that continue the downward arrow of the roof and C-pillar.
Hyundai: The face of the new Tucson will be remembered
Similar to the direct competitor Toyota RAV4, there is also a lot going on on the flanks of the 4.50 meter long Hyundai Tucson. Not only the wheel arches have been heavily modeled, but also edge elements from the front and rear add variety to the side view. The customer can choose between 17, 18 and 19 inch aluminum wheels and a roof in a contrasting color.
There is also a completely new design in the interior with an animated 10.25-inch instrument unit, the new four-spoke steering wheel, which is based on the Porsche 964 or the current Audi A8 , and an extremely pleasing center console with a second landscape-format 10.25 -Inch display and climate control below. Separate from this, there are pushbuttons for the individual drive levels, parking brake and seat air conditioning in front of the comfortable center armrest.
The seats are comfortable and can be adjusted electrically for a surcharge. Also neat: the space available at the front and rear, which benefits from the slightly increased dimensions (two centimeters more length, one centimeter more wheelbase). What is missing is a head-up display, which is no longer a rarity in mid-range SUVs either. The load volume is between 620 and 1799 liters.
Engines: diesel, gasoline and hybrids
The new Hyundai Tucson is necessarily powered by four-cylinder 1.6-liter engines and a 48-volt electrical system. There is a choice of six-speed manual transmission, a seven-stage dual clutch transmission and front or all-wheel drive. The two basic petrol engines produce 110/132 kW and 150/180 PS. The 1.6 liter common rail diesel produces either 115 or 136 hp. The Korean thus offers significantly less performance than the competition from Europe or Asiawhich attracts its customers in this league with up to 240 diesel or over 300 petrol HP. If you want more steam than the 180 hp of the Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI, you can opt for the hybrid version, which offers a total output of 230 hp / 350 Nm as well as a six-speed automatic and, if desired, all-wheel drive.
But here, too, you are clearly behind the competition, because even the anything but sporty Toyota RAV4 PHEV is now quite dynamic with 225 kW / 306 PS. An even more powerful version with a plug-in hybrid drive will follow in the coming year, which is likely to be easier in Germany in particular than the normal hybrid, which is hardly any longer important. A particularly sporty N version like the i30 seems to be firmly planned. The prices of the basic Tucson should start at under 30,000 euros.
“Hyundai is the brand with the broadest range of electrified powertrains, ranging from mild hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery to fuel cell electric variants,” says Michael Cole, CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe “With the introduction of the all-new Tucson, it was critical to extend electrification to our world’s best-selling SUV. This introduction marks another milestone for Hyundai as we now offer electrified versions of our full range of SUVs. With its advanced design and state-of-the-art powertrain, the brand new Tucson remains one of the key products for Hyundai in Europe. ”