Hyundai Motor Company on Tuesday launched the all-new Hyundai Tucson. The fourth-generation compact SUV (C-SUV) is a global model, with a long-wheelbase variant and a short-wheelbase variant for meeting various customer needs.
Tucson is an important launch for Hyundai as the model is among its most popular, racking up global sales of more than seven million units since its original launch in 2004. Hyundai expects the new model to attract even more customers with its cutting-edge design, roominess, class-leading digital capabilities, dynamic ride and handling and excellent fuel efficiency.
“This vehicle sets a new benchmark for innovation in its segment, delivering an impressive blend of design, technology, packaging and performance,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice-President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. The Tucson goes on sale in Korea in September as a 2021 model. It will go on sale in the U.S. and other global markets as a 2022 model, starting from the first half of 2021.
Tucson gasoline models are available in seven exterior colours. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models offer four colours. The SUV’s interior environment comes in black or grey tones in either cloth or leather material. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colours in 10 levels of brightness.
These features create a high-tech, fresh and exciting ambience, with cushioned materials on high-touch areas, various material applications based on the frequency of interface and a premium presence. Tucson’s second-row seats will feature fold-and-dive functionality for optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. Its cargo volume will provide 38.7 cubic feet of usable space.
Tucson offers both Smartstream™ 2.5-litre, direct-injected, four-cylinder, gasoline powertrain and powerful 1.6-litre, turbo, direct-injected, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. The 2.5-litre engine has an estimated output of 190 PS and an estimated torque rating of 182 lb.-ft. This engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.
Tucson’s enhanced natural language voice recognition system includes Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies. In select markets, Blue Link is complimentary for three years and includes Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Destination Search by Voice. Hyundai plans to offer N Line globally with a launch date to be announced later.