Hyundai has unveiled a refresh of its compact crossover SUV, the Tucson, at the 2018 New York Auto Show, revealing a look that aligns the Tucson with the newest members of Hyundai’s SUV family.
Exterior enhancements begin with its new front end, with the brand’s signature “cascading grille” and new LED daytime running lights in the SUV’s refreshed LED headlamps. Fresh new alloy wheels and a revised rear with new LED tail lights, along with a new chrome strip in the bottom window line, make the Tucson appear more premium and more stylish than it has ever been.
Inside, the Tucson receives a heavily revised interior design, now with a floating center infotainment touch screen. As ever, the interior receives improved materials and build quality in order to further spice things up inside and make it a more premium cabin than its predecessor.
For the North American market, the 1.6 liter T-GDI turbo engine has been dropped, in favor of a more powerful (but less torque-y) 2.4 liter GDI engine with 181 hp and 237 Nm of torque. The base engine remains to be a 2.0 liter GDI engine that produces 164 hp and 204 Nm of torque. All engines are mated as standard to a 6-speed automatic, while AWD is optional on lower variants.
As ever with most modern cars nowadays, the Tucson can be optioned with a plethora of high tech safety gear that includes Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist, Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Driver Attention Warning. As standard, the Tucson is fitted with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson will arrive in North American dealerships this fall, and a Philippine debut is most likely by 2019.