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September 15, 2020

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson Looks Like It Came from Outer Space (w/ Video)

Hyundai is continuing its Sensual Sportiness transformation with the all-new Tucson. And breaking with tradition, the Korean carmaker will be offering it in two wheelbase lengths (long wheelbase at top, short wheelbase at bottom) to meet the various customer needs globally. Going on sale this year in its home market of South Korea, it will go on sale globally as a 2022 model starting from the first half of 2021.

Outside, the 2021 Tucson embraces a brand-new design philosophy that imbues it with a very strong tech appearance. This is seen through the innovative half-mirror type DRLs that merge seamlessly with the grille, only revealed when illuminated. The side conveys an impression of powerful motion with its long hood, level roofline, coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Like the Elantra before it, it uses geometric angles and edges. Towards the back, a full-width taillamp incorporates the same half-hidden elements, only visible when lit. Meanwhile, the Hyundai logo has been integrated into the glass, while the rear wiper is now integrated under the rear spoiler.

Inside, the Tucson provides feeling of openness and serenity. The broad ridge of the dashboard blends consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants. Meanwhile, the vertically-oriented, fully-integrated center fascia descends to the console.

The interior offers three new technologies, including a vertically-stacked, dual 10.25-inch full-touch screen exempt of hard buttons, a multi-air ventilation system, and an open, hoodless digital gauge cluster. These features create a high-tech, fresh and exciting ambience, with cushioned materials on high-touch areas. Meanwhile, the all-new Tucson’s second-row seats will feature fold-and-tumble functionality for optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. Its cargo volume will provide an exceptional 1,095 liters of usable space.

In terms of powertrain, the fourth-generation Tucson will be offered in a variety of 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.

The 2.5-liter Smartstream gasoline engine makes 190 horsepower and 246 Nm of torque. This engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.

Meanwhile, the 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain produces an estimated 180 horsepower, with a combined powertrain output of 230 horsepower. It also produces 264 Nm of torque from the petrol engine and 348 Nm of torque from the combined hybrid powertrain. This new powertrain uses Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology that manages valve opening duration for optimal power, efficiency and emissions with minimized compromise. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic.

The 1.6-liter is also available sans the hybrid system. It makes 150 horsepower in 2WD and 180 horsepower in the optional 4WD. In both cases, it is paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.

A 2.0-liter gasoline, 2.0-liter diesel, and even a plug-in hybrid variant with 265 horsepower will soon follow.

Hyundai engineers focused on agility and stability in the all-new Tucson. For electrified models, Hyundai has applied E-Handling technology which uses the electric motors for torque vectoring. This is coupled to the brand’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system which now supports more modes such as dedicated Mud, Sand, and Snow.

A hotted-up Tucson N Line will join the line-up as well. While the previous Tucson was made available with the N Line variant in Europe exclusively, this one will be offered globally.

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