4th-gen Hyundai Tucson unveiled

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tucson debuts with striking styling inside and out

The fourth generation Tucson gets a completely new exterior. Expect more about the timing of the Tucson hybrid and plug-in hybrid, along with their US specs, pricing, gas mileage and more, in the coming months. It will go on sale in the USA and other global markets as a 2022 model starting from the first half of 2021, the company said. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid feature a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that spins up 190 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain produces an estimated 180 bhp, with a combined powertrain output of 230 bhp. Hyundai did not say how many motors the hybrid system will use or where they will be located.

The engine itself has Hyundai's emissions-cutting Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) tech that made its debut in the 2020 Sonata family, allowing it to selectively change the intake-cam's duration and, effectively, to temporarily change the engine's compression ratio. Expect the 4th-generation Hyundai Tucson India launch to happen sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.

On the engines front, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson offers plenty in the way of choice. The vehicle comes with all-wheel drive with upto 7 driving modes - Eco, Comfort, Smart, Sport, Mud, Sand and Snow. Hybrid and PHEV get Hyundai's first-in-class E-Handling technology to help improve steering response and directional stability when cornering. All in, the new Tucson has ditched the current-gen model's rounded, bulky appearance for a design that's decidedly more aggressive and in-your-face.

Along the sides, what stands out are the tight skinning and short overhangs, prominent character lines, flared wheel arches, a chrome strip that emerges from the base of the ORVMs and stretches all the way back to the C-pillar and the 19-inch wheels that will be available in worldwide markets along with 17- and 18-inch options. The sports auto traits include short front and rear overhangs and bulging fenders outlined with those angular geometric shapes. At the rear, it features a full-width LED light bar with triangular tail lamp clusters.

At the rear we find an integrated roof-spoiler and a full width brake strip from which stems an angled quad tail-light arrangement, complementing the inset nature of the numberplate mount.

For as wild as the look is outside, it's more traditional and upscale inside.

It is a similar story inside the cabin with integration being key factor in the interior's layout, a point hammered home by the new vertically-stacked dual 10.25-inch touchscreens on the dashboard, devoid of any buttons whatsoever.

Also to be found is a Bose Premium audio system, a 64-colour ambient mood lighting adjustable to 10 levels of brightness as well as a Multi-Command function, which allows drivers to pre-ondition the interior of the vehicle with a single voice command.

Drivers will be able to use their smartphone as a key and control some functions remotely, like unlocking the doors and starting the engine to pre-condition the interior. Further, the climate control system monitors air quality in the vehicle and purifies the air. The system will also reduce moisture from the evaporator and clean the air-conditioning system to keep it odor-free. The rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo space to upto 1096 litres.

The safety features will be extensive.

In terms of safety, the Tucson is pretty much loaded with it, with the automaker's SmartSense safety feature suite comprehensively packed with highway driving assist (HDA), forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist (LKA) and lane following assist (LFA) and a blind-spot view monitor as standard.

The all-new Tucson is available with advanced technology features including Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go and Safe Exit Warning (SEW).

Hyundai revealed a new fourth-generation version of its Tucson compact crossover Monday, and it includes both hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

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