Bold, radical, avantgarde. These are just some of the words that come to mind when describing the all-new, next-generation Hyundai Tucson. The compact crossover from South Korea will debut this month in its home market.
A quick glance is all you need to see just how daring the new design is. The grille, headlights (now in LED), bulging fenders, side creases and character lines, and rear taillights all speak volumes of how unconventional and adventurous Hyundai designers were when they penned this crossover. The look is enhanced by a two-tone paint scheme that’s all the rage these days.
Step inside and you will see a less aggressive yet still unconventional approach to interior execution. This is particularly true of the dashboard, which gets rid of the hooded instrument cluster binnacle, for example. Then there is the available 10.3.-inch infotainment touchscreen that sits atop a fully digital climate control panel.
Hyundai says that there are no more physical buttons on this dash. Admittedly, it raises a few safety and reliability issues. But maybe that’s just conservative us speaking.
At any rate, the tech approach is backed by such convenience features as Car to Home connectivity that allows owners to manipulate various smart appliances and lights in their home via remote. And of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with two-device Bluetooth pairing are part of the mix.
Under the hood, the Tucson will use a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 190bhp and 182lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed AT. The big news for Hyundai is the availability of a hybrid version that will utilize a 1.6-liter gasoline turbo four-pot paired with an electric motor. This will be good for 230bp and 258lb-ft of torque.
Moreover, Hyundai will be expanding the available drive mode selector to include more options. Apart from the Eco, Normal, Smart, and Sport modes, there will also be settings for Mud, Sand, and Snow. Power will be sent to either the front wheels or to all four corners via HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
As mentioned above, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will debut in South Korea later this month with other markets following soon. No word yet on when it will arrive here.