The next-generation of Tucson is set to go on sale in the spring with a 261bph powertrain and an electric range of around 30 miles.
The new Hyundai Tucson PHEV's powertrain comprises a turbocharged 1.6L petrol engine, 90bhp electric motor and a 13.8kWh battery pack. The petrol engine sends drive to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers an output of 261bhp and 350Nm of torque.
The next-generation Hyundai Tucson has undergone a complete makeover, inside and out, with it introducing a new and updated design that will keep the Hyundai Tucson unique from the rest of the cars on the market. Combined with some key technology updates, it is part of a grand plan hatched by Hyundai to push the SUV further upmarket.
The front is dominated by a new grille, with gorgeous detailing and integrated LED running lights that are designed to be completely hidden within the grille when the car is not being driven.
Compared with the conventional-looking current Tucson, the new Tucson’s flanks are more sculpted, with dramatic creases, bold shoulders, squared-off wheel arches and a sweeping chrome trim line flowing in one arch from the car’s A-pillar to the C-pillar.
Around the back, the tailgate features a new full-width LED lighting bar with fang-like elements – and the unit’s lighting signature follows a similar pattern to the front grille’s, which is also repeated on the rugged-looking lower bumper section. The rear wiper blade is hidden under the spoiler, to make the tailgate’s surface as smooth as possible.
Hyundai’s SUV is marginally longer and wider than before, and the wheelbase has been extended by 10mm. Hyundai claims that this results in up to 26mm more legroom for passengers, while the boot now offers a capacity of up to 620L in front-wheel-drive petrol models.
Down below, alloy wheels ranging from 17" to 19" will be available, while Tucson customers will have nine exterior paint colours to choose from. Every finish can be combined with a contrasting roof.
The makeover continues with an all-new interior; the dashboard is set low to increase forward visibility, and the design is defined by two chrome lines that sweep seamlessly around the doors, across the top of the dashboard and then flow downwards into a new higher centre console, which is at the driver’s hand level.
Hyundai says it has made improvements in material quality with the use of soft-touch plastics at hand height, while buyers will have the option of black or black-and-beige upholstery in leather or fabric, alongside a contrasting black-and-teal package. A total of 64 ambient cabin light colours can be selected, too.
Hyundai has completely removed the instrument cluster housing, instead fitting a configurable, tablet-style 10.25" digital instrument panel. Another 10.25" screen is used for the central display, which offers support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Google and Apple Calendar integration is a new feature, as are selectable user profiles. Last-mile navigation is a new feature, meaning if the driver can’t park at the exact destination, further directions will be sent to their smartphone for finishing the journey on foot. Live parking and traffic information is also part of the new navigation package.
The infotainment screen is part of a flush new centre console that uses touch-sensitive and illuminated buttons instead of physical switches.
Finally, Hyundai has introduced a host of new driver-assistance and safety features, with the most important being the availability of the firm’s Highway Drive-Assist semi-autonomous capability. It can brake and accelerate the car automatically to keep a preset distance from other vehicles, while using Lane Follow Assist to keep the Tucson in lane on motorways and dual carriageways. Remote Smart Parking Assist is another new automated feature, which means the car can be summoned from a parking spot via a button on the key.
Prices for the Mk4 Tucson have yet to be announced, but they should rise over the outgoing model to at least £25,000 for the new entry-level version.