2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid Arrives To Fight Toyota RAV4 Prime

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The new Hyundai Tucson PHEV produces a combined 265 hp.

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson debuted last month with a new daring design that helps it stand out in the crowded mid-size SUV class as well as plenty of new technology. Under the hood, the new Tucson is available with a 2.5-liter direct-injected gasoline engine with 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque or a more efficient hybrid 1.6-liter turbo producing around 177 hp and 195 lb-ft. Hyundai is even considering launching a high-performance Tucson N for the first time ever.

In another first, the new Tucson is also getting the plug-in hybrid treatment to take on the Toyota RAV4 Prime. The PHEV variant packs a 1.6-liter T-GDi Smartstream engine paired with a 66.9-kW electric motor and a 13.8-kWh lithium-polymer battery. Combined, this setup produces 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to a standard four-wheel-drive system through a six-speed automatic transmission. For a smoother ride, an optional Electronically Controlled Suspension system with adaptive damping technology is also available.

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"The plug-in hybrid powertrain represents a new milestone in the Tucson range. With gasoline and diesel mild hybrid, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options, the all-new Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in its segment. This is just the latest proof of Hyundai's commitment to electro-mobility," said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe.

To minimize drag and maximize fuel efficiency, the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with an active air flap that adjusts the air intakes depending on factors such as the engine coolant temperature and vehicle speed. When running on pure electric power, the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid will last over 31 miles on a single charge.

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Equipped with a 7.2-kW on-board charger, the SUV can be charged at an EV charging station or a home wall box. Adding a high-voltage battery hasn't compromised the Tucson's practicality, however, as the PHEV variant still offers generous cargo space and legroom.

Rear passengers can stretch out with 37.5 inches of legroom, while cargo space has increased compared to the previous Tucson, with an overall luggage capacity of 558 liters with the seats up and up to 1,737 liters with the seats folded. While the regular Tucson comes with an eight-inch screen as standard, the optional 10.25-inch touchscreen is equipped as standard in the PHEV along with a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. The new Tucson Plug-in Hybrid will be available in Europe in spring 2021 and in the US in summer 2021.

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