The 2022 Hyundai Tucson on Monday, and not only does the brand’s global best-seller feature a bold design, but it also gets efficient powertrains, an upscale cabin, and plenty of technology.
Now in its fourth-generation, the Hyundai Tucson is the latest recipient of the automaker’s ever-evolving Sensuous Sportiness design language. With that in mind, the Tucson features a brand new front grille with Parametric Hidden Lights that means when the SUV is switched off, the front of the Hyundai appears to be covered exclusively in dark geometric patterns with no obvious LED daytime running lights.
The Tucson also gets modernized significantly by way of a digital instrument cluster that sticks up from the dashboard rather than resting in a hooded binnacle. Another gee-whiz feature is an available dual-screen infotainment system that offers a 10.3-inch display stacked atop a climate control panel with absolutely no physical buttons. Soft-touch surfaces adorn the areas the driver is likely to touch, and Hyundai will offer 64 colors of ambient lighting that add to the high-end appeal. The standard infotainment system is an 8.0-inch screen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and two-device Bluetooth connectivity.
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. A Bose audio system will be available, and an external calendar app will let buyers see their schedules from inside the vehicle. A car-to-home feature will also allow owners to control smart home appliances from the car.
Elsewhere, Hyundai has designed an ambient mood lighting system that is positioned in the two side pockets of the center fascia, around the wireless charging pad, and through the door map pocket. This system offers 64 configurable colors and 10 levels of brightness. The new Tucson also has second-row seats that can fold flat and provides 38.7 cubic-feet (1,095 liters) of space.
The standard engine in the 2022 Tucson will be Hyundai’s 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder delivering an estimated 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 182 pound-feet (260 newton-meters). An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the direct-injected base engine.
However, a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid will bundle a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with an unspecified electric powertrain, giving the electrified SUV an estimated 230 hp (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).
Hyundai will sell the Tucson with front- or all-wheel drive. Drivers will be able to choose from Eco, Comfort, Smart, and Sport driving modes, plus new Mud, Sand, and Snow modes when they choose all-wheel drive. The Tucson hybrids get a system Hyundai said improves directional stability and steering response in corners and on slippery roads. We don’t yet know how this system, called E-Handling, will work.
The safety features will be extensive. Standard equipment will include forward-collision warnings with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot cameras and monitors, automatic high beams, a driver-attention monitor, a surround-view camera system, reverse-collision warnings, and an automatic parking feature. Also available will be blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and an exit warning system.
Hyundai has confirmed that sales of the new Tucson will start in Korea in September as a 2021 model. It will then land in the U.S. and other global markets as a 2022 model starting from the first half of 2021.