The next generation of Tucson has been unveiled, and we have to say, we're rather impressed!
The fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson has been unveiled. With gorgeous, modern styling, more technology than ever before and a range of electrified powertrains, the Tucson is back with a bang.
The styling on the Tucson has been designed to make the other rival cars in the category look dull in comparison (not naming names!), with the front end being dominated by a gorgeous new grille, which is flanked by headlights on either side (they blend in with the car when it is turned off!).
The front end isn't the only piece to be pampered, the designers of the car have made changes to the side, which feature incredibly sharp lines, especially around the exaggerated wheel arches.
Walk around the back, and you'll see that a full-width light bar connects the taillights together beautifully. At the same time, the rear screen wiper is neatly tucked under the spoiler of the car, making it look cleaner and sexier than before.
When it comes to picking the colour for Tucson, three of the nine colours you can choose come with a contrasting roof colour, which is either black or grey - your choice.
The new Tucson is 20mm longer and 15mm wide than the previous models. Plus, the distance between the front & rear wheels has increased also.
More importantly, with the increase in size, the passenger & boot space has been improved with 26mm more legroom for passengers and boot space being between 546 - 620L, depending on the engine you choose.
Jumping inside, you're treated to a fully overhauled interior with intricate surfaces and increased technology wherever you look.
A 10.25" digital instrument dominates the eyesight behind the steering wheel and looking over to the dashboard, you'll find that an integrated touchscreen dominates the centre console.
Climate control is a big part of the Tucson's new design, with three-zone air conditioning, the ability to have ventilated heated front seats (and rear seats) plus a new multi-air mode for the air con.
The tech inside the car includes Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, while connectivity can be enhanced by downloading the Hyundai 'BlueLink' application to your smartphone which lets you have more accurate online navigation data, shows you where you have parked your vehicle, the ability to unlock/lock the car from your phone and switch between different profiles if multiple users are using the car.
There is also a cool feature for the little ones, or adults, who want to catch 40 winks in the back of the car as the Tucson introduces 'Rear Sleeping Mode' which turns down the speaker volume in the back of the car, letting rear passengers pass the time sleeping on long car journeys.
As well as the usual auto emergency braking and lane departure warning, the Tucson offers a couple of extra features that have rarely been seen before. The forward collision warning feature includes junction turning, which can monitor cars coming across the front of the vehicle.
Lane following assist keeps the Tucson in the centre of the lane, while the adaptive cruise control keeps a safe distance from the car in front.
Together, that gives the Tucson a degree of self-driving ability, and you can also have smart cruise control that can brake when approaching corners, based on the data fed by the GPS.
There is also a neat feature called 'blind view monitor' which shows a camera feed of your blind spot to the instrument panel when you indicate to change lanes.
The initial concept for the Hyundai Tucson was a plug-in hybrid model, and the production version will be available in this form later on down the line.
You will also be able to choose from a regular hybrid version with a small battery, which comes with 2WD & 4WD. The hybrid system uses the 1.6L petrol engine and produces 227bhp, making it the most powerful version of the engine.
The same petrol engine is available in a lower 148bhp and 178bph mild-hybrid versions, and as a 148bhp version without any hybrid technology being involved with the model.
A 134bhp 1.6L diesel engine will also be available with hybrid technology, which will sit about the standard 113bhp diesel engine.