by Karl Furlong
The facelifted Hyundai Tucson has been revealed before its official debut in the USA, and while the makeover isn't as drastic as what we've seen with the all-new Santa Fe, the compact Tucson was already quite a striking vehicle. A fresh, cleaner interior aesthetic that has similarities to the one in the new Santa Fe has been introduced, including the integration of the digital gauge cluster with the central touchscreen. The same powertrains are expected to be retained locally, although this hasn't been confirmed by the automaker. Overall, the changes should keep the Tucson competitive with rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
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With a European debut set for early in 2024, the release date of the Hyundai Tucson in the USA will likely follow by the middle of next year, when we expect it to be coming out as a 2025 model.
Hyundai has not shared the price of the 2025 Tucson, but since it isn't an all-new model, we expect only a modest increase. The 2024 Tucson starts at $27,250, increasing to $32,325 for the Tucson Hybrid and $38,475 for the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid. We anticipate the new one beginning at around $1,500 more than it is now, so it should still start at below $30k.
In this segment, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are the sales leaders. Both also offer efficient hybrids, although the Hyundai is the more adventurously styled vehicle. The 2024 RAV4 starts at $28,475 and the 2024 CR-V will cost at least $29,500 - this suggests the 2025 Tucscon will once again undercut them with a lower MSRP.
The Parametric Jewel Hidden Lights that blend into the grille when not switched on represented a totally new design theme when this generation of the Tucson arrived. It's still a feature of the 2025 Hyundai Tucson's exterior, which follows the Parametric Dynamics design language of the existing model.
There are a few differences in the front fascia if you look closely enough. Those hidden lights have a subtly different shape, with more square edges than before. The grille itself has new angular lines, while the front bumper seems more aggressive than before. A silver-finished skid plate gives the SUV a slightly rugged look, although the Tucson remains better suited to everyday family duties than any serious off-road jaunts.
No images were shared of the back of the SUV, but we don't expect any major changes. Wheel sizes between 17 and 19 inches should remain the same, too.
The colors for the Hyundai Tucson are likely to mirror those of the 2024 model, with options like Phantom Black, Deep Sea, Shimmering Silver, and Intense Blue.
The revised front fascia and possible changes at the back may change the Hyundai Tucson's dimensions, but the differences will be marginal. Current models have a length of 182.3 inches and a height of 66.3 inches with all-wheel drive and the roof rails. The width is 73.4 inches.
As with the dimensions, the curb weight specs should be similar. Non-hybrid Tucsons currently start at 3,346 pounds, but the PHEVs can weigh as much as 4,217 lbs.
The base engine in the current Hyundai Tucson should carry over to the 2025 model year. It's a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
Hybrids use a 1.6-liter turbo-four producing 180 hp and 195 lb-ft on its own. With the electric motor's contribution, total system outputs are 226 hp/258 lb-ft for the hybrid and 261 hp/258 lb-ft for the PHEV. On these models, a six-speed automatic replaces the eight-speed unit.
The 0-60 mph time for the base models will be just under nine seconds, so they aren't particularly quick. Hybrids will shave about a second off that time. At 2,000 lbs, the maximum towing capacity isn't remarkable either. Still, the Tucson does a good job of completing the daily commute without any issues.
The refinement of the Tucson is a strong point, with a comfortable and quiet ride on the highway. It doesn't fall apart in the corners either, and these traits should be retained for the facelifted model.
Assuming there are no changes to the powertrains, gas mileage for the new Hyundai Tucson crossover should stay more or less the same. That means the PHEV will be most efficient with returns of 80 MPGe and 35 mpg combined, including a 33-mile all-electric range. The most efficient HEV is the Blue trim, with figures of 38/38/38 city/highway/combined.
The cheapest Tucson, the gas-only models, return 25/32/28 mpg with FWD or 23/29/25 mpg with AWD. A 14.3-gallon gas tank affords FWD models a range of 400 miles.
The normal hybrid's 13.7-gallon gas tank equates to a range of up to 520 miles, while the PHEV has a small 11.1-gallon tank. However, since it can also be driven on electric power alone, the EPA puts the PHEV's total range of 420 miles ahead of the gas-only models. Recharging the battery of the PHEV will take approximately two hours with Level 2 charging.
The changes to the Hyundai Tucson's interior are more pronounced than the exterior's revisions. As is the trend right now, Hyundai has combined the digital gauge cluster and center touchscreen into a single, widescreen panel. Hyundai did not specify the size of this display, but since the Tucson shares so much with the Kia Sportage, we expect top trims to have the same 12.3-inch gauge cluster and 12.3-inch touchscreen as the Kia. Cheaper Tucson trims will probably have a more modest eight-inch touchscreen.
The horizontal design theme of the 2025 Tucson's dashboard is cleaner, as the center ventilation outlets are now linked in a straight line to the outlet on the right - much like inside the all-new Santa Fe. There is a new control interface for the ventilation system, with dials for adjusting the temperature on the left and right sides of the cabin. A row of hard keys is incorporated above this for the radio, and there is a physical volume knob. Overall, it looks smarter, and it seems Hyundai has struck a good balance between touch-sensitive and physical controls.
We can also spot a new three-spoke steering wheel design, and a wireless charging pad is placed alongside the dual front cupholders. The steering wheel's Hyundai logo now has a simpler four-dot Morse code logo for the letter 'H.'
The seats in the Hyundai Tucson are finished in a light hue in the single picture shared by the automaker, but darker alternatives should be offered. Cloth upholstery on the base trim should make way for SynTex or SynTex Premium artificial leather on upper trims. Power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a smart key will all be available.
As a five-seater, two-row crossover, the cargo space in the Hyundai Tucson is generous. The maximum amount of cargo volume is 80.3 cubic feet behind the first row and 41.2 cu-ft behind the second row, based on the SAE Max measuring standard. The hybrid offers almost exactly as much space, but the extra components of the PHEV drop the figures to 71.8/31.9 cu-ft, respectively.
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