Too wild for its own good? Hyundai unveils new Tucson

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Words: Matthew Hansen
15 Sep 2020

Car enthusiasts can be guilty of wildly accusing car manufacturers of designing vehicles that all look the same, only in the next breath to decry the few designs that push the envelope.

The all-new Hyundai Tucson is likely to attract the latter, such is its busy array of cuts, angles, and edges. Revealed earlier today, the mid-size SUV sports the Korean manufacturer’s most aggressive SUV design yet — balancing a side profile filled with sculpted edges and flared guards with distinctive taillights and a grille with unique integrated headlights.

The latter are perhaps the most interesting exterior design features. When the car is off, the Parametric day-time running lights blend into the geometric-pattern grille — giving the illusion that the Tucson doesn’t have headlights when it’s standing still. Very interesting.

The interior appears mostly true to the teaser sketches that Hyundai recently released. It features a raised central panel and console which, coupled with the flowing air vents that come off the door cards, envelopes the driver and front passenger.

Entry-level variants will feature an 8-inch touchscreen, while pricier models get a larger 10.25 touchscreen. Each system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the ability to connect two devices via Bluetooth simultaneously. And, owners will be able to turn the car on, lock and unlock it, activate the climate control system, and more via an app.

In the United States, Hyundai is offering the Tucson with three different engines; a 2.5-litre four producing 140kW/247Nm, and a turbofour 1.6 that’s available as either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid and produces up to 167kW/350Nm.

Hyundai New Zealand has confirmed that petrol and diesel models will be sold locally, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions under consideration. There's also a long-wheelbase version of the Tucson that's also being considered.

Deliveries in the model’s native Korea are scheduled to kick off this month, with markets like ours expected to get their hands on the Tucson in the first half of 2021.

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