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Published on September 16th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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All-New Hyundai Tucson Looks Very Interesting Indeed!

Hyundai have unveiled the all-new Tucson and boy does it look like nothing else we’ve seen. This fourth generation Hyundai Tucson is being offered in a long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase, depending on which market it’s being sold in.

The Tucson is one of Hyundai’s most popular models, with over 7 million sold since the 1st generation debuted in 2004. It will debut in Korea this year, the rest of the world will have to wait until the first half of 2021.

Rather than simply an evolution of the previous generation model, the all-new Hyundai Tucson represents a revolution for Hyundai in design terms. Overall, it features a bigger and wider body than its predecessor. Its muscular stance combines sharp angles and dynamic proportions with rich surfaces, ensuring a progressive look without compromising on Tucson’s rugged SUV heritage.

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This Hyundai Tucson was developed with the company’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language and is quite experimental in its look. It takes cues from Hyundai’s Vision T concept. The ‘Parametric Hidden Lights’ in the front grille are a great touch. They work as signature daytime running lights of the new Tucson, but seamlessly blend into the grille design when turned off thanks to ‘half-mirror lighting’ technology.

The interior is just as clean and sophisticated as the exterior, with good use of space and premium material use. A new 10.25” infotainment system is in the centre of the dashboard with no physical buttons or knobs. Use of indirect air vents allow for less harsh dissipation of cool air throughout the cabin.

Shift-by-wire technology comes to the gear selector, while ambient mood lighting is now present with up to 64 configurable colours and 10 brightness levels.

The press release below has details on the engine and transmission technology available for the European market.

PRESS RELEASE

By offering three electrified powertrain options and two internal combustion engines with four transmission choices, the all-new Hyundai Tucson suits every type of driver. With gasoline and diesel 48-volt mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid available to consumers, the all-new Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in the compact SUV segment. In addition to the electrified powertrains, the all-new Tucson also offers a range of gasoline and diesel options.

The all-new Tucson was developed to reduce emissions without compromising on being fun to drive. The hybrid version consists of the new 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) Smartstream engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) and available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The system is the most powerful in the all-new Tucson’s powertrain line-up, with a combined output of 230 PS power, meaning it offers low emissions without compromising on driving fun.

In terms of 48-volt mild hybrid technology, customers can choose from three different options:

  • 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 150 PS and two-wheel drive
  • 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 180 PS with optional four-wheel drive
  • 1.6-litre CRDi Smartstream with 136 PS with optional four-wheel drive

Hyundai has combined its efficient and responsive 48-volt mild hybrid technology with the 150 PS 1.6-litre T-GDI, which will be available with six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (6iMT) and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT). Another well-balanced option is the 1.6-litre T-GDI with 180 PS, which will be offered with six-speed iMT with two-wheel drive in addition to 7DCT with four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the 136 PS 1.6-litre CRDi 48V mild hybrid engine arrives with 7DCT and either four- and two-wheel drive.

When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream gasoline engine is available with 150 PS, a six-speed manual transmission and four- or two-wheel drive. The 1.6-litre CRDi Smartstream diesel engine will be available with 115 PS and a six-speed manual transmission with two-wheel drive.

The all-new Hyundai Tucson’s 1.6 T-GDI Smartstream engine will be equipped with Hyundai’s Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. CVVD optimises engine performance and fuel efficiency while also being eco-friendly. The valve control technology regulates the duration of the valve opening and closing according to driving conditions. This is the only system that can change the duration of the valve opening during a ride, depending on conditions.

A plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Tucson with a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine and 265 PS will also be available to customers. More details will be revealed closer to the market launch in 2021.

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