The all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson has finally been unveiled after a lengthy teaser campaign by the South Korean automaker. With this all-new fourth-generation model, Hyundai has decided to radically redesign its best-selling SUV. Its all-new design inside and out shares practically nothing in common with the previous model.
From the outside, the all-new Tucson is the latest recipient of the brand’s Sensuous Sporty design language. First featured in the Sonata and Elantra, Hyundai’s design language has given the all-new Tucson a striking exterior. This starts with the grille, which features what Hyundai calls Parametric Hidden Lights. When the Tucson is switched off, the grille simply appears to be covered in a striking geometric pattern. But once the car is running, these dark patterns on the side act as the LED daytime running lights. Moving to the side, and the edgy design of the Tucson continues. There’s plenty of striking creases and lines, with a character line running towards the LED taillights. Speaking of those LED taillights, there’s an LED strip that runs across the Tucson’s width, which is a design trait that first appeared in the all-new Sonata.
Interestingly, the all-new Hyundai Tucson will be available in two different lengths. The long-wheelbase Tucson (as shown in Shimmering Silver) measures 4,630 mm long, 1,865 mm wide, 1,665 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,755 mm. Most markets around the world will feature the short-wheelbase Tucson (as shown in Intense Blue), which measures 4,500 mm long, 1,865 mm wide, 1,650 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,680 mm.
The all-new Tucson’s radical redesign continues on the interior. The vertically-oriented center console looks like a waterfall, according to Hyundai, and this houses an 8-inch touch screen as standard or an optional 10.25-inch touch screen. Also available on higher variants is a 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. LED ambient lighting and an app-based smartphone key that uses NFC to lock and unlock the Tucson are also available on higher variants. Unfortunately, Hyundai has decided to ditch all the buttons and knobs for capacitive touch sensors for the aircon and infotainment, which based on our experience is much more distracting than interacting with physical knobs and buttons.
Under the hood of the all-new Hyundai Tucson are various engine choices depending on the country it will be sold. For the North American market, the Tucson will feature a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that produces 187 hp and 247 Nm of torque. This powertrain is mated to an 8-speed automatic. There will also be a hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 1.6-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engine and an electric motor. Total system output for both powertrains are at 230 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
For the European and global markets, the all-new Tucson will feature a plethora of electrified 1.6-liter powertrains on top of the available hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The range kicks off with two 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engines with a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. The base version produces 150 hp and 250 Nm while the higher-powered version produces 180 hp and 265 Nm. Both mild-hybrid gasoline engines come with either Hyundai Motor Group’s 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. There will also be a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel with a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain that’s good for 136 hp and 280 Nm of torque and is mated exclusively to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Non-electrified powertrains will also be available for the all-new Tucson, and these are a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine good for 150 hp and 250 Nm and a 1.6-liter turbo diesel that’s good for 115 hp and 280 Nm of torque. Both engines are only available with a conventional 6-speed manual transmission.
As with most modern cars nowadays, the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be available with a plethora of advanced driver-assist systems, ranging from automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, Hyundai’s Lane Following Assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few.
The all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale first in South Korea as early as this September as a 2021 model. The US and other global markets will get the all-new Tucson as a 2022 model year.