Don't let your eyes fool you, it's not a concept.
We knew Hyundai had something unique planned for the next-generation Tucson compact crossover, and it delivered the goods. Presenting the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson, featuring what's described as a "cutting-edge" design along with class-leading digital capabilities, improved ride and handling, and even better fuel economy.
Let's begin with the bold styling. As Hyundai's best-selling global model, it was important to push the boundaries without being polarizing. You be the judge if Hyundai succeeded. The Sensuous Sportiness design language has sharp surfacing to give the Tucson a unique identity, which is most apparent at the front. The "kinetic jewel surfacing details" on the grille is similar to what's found on the Elantra and Sonata sedans, but with added aggression. The headlights are integrated into the grille opening while the large triangular-shaped grille itself has a modern textured look. The LED daytime running lights are only revealed when lit.
At the rear, there's a full-width LED taillamp that also incorporates triangular shapes. The quad taillights are also quite aggressive looking and the lower rear bumper boasts a diamond-like texture. Hyundai also moved its logo into the glass while the rear windshield wiper is hidden underneath the spoiler.
Sharp angles and more triangles can be found on the side profile as well. The front fenders are quite muscular and the character line briefly stops just above and before the front door handles before reemerging as it extends all the way to the rear. New wheel designs complement the new styling.
Both short and long wheelbases will be offered, though Hyundai has not confirmed whether this will be the case for the US. Seven exterior colors will be available, six of which are all-new.
The interior is very modern-looking with its "Interspace" theme that conveys a feeling of "openness and serenity." Without question, the cabin is sportier than before thanks to its twin-cockpit design. The flat dashboard takes center stage, as does the steering wheel design. The dual-screen infotainment system has an optional 10.3-inch display directly above the climate control functions. Note: no physical buttons can be found. An 8.0-inch display is standard and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. We also really like the all-digital driver's instrument cluster.
The new Tucson can be equipped with a climate control system that monitors air quality and purifies the air if necessary. It can also indicate pollution levels and reduces moisture from the evaporator and keeps the air conditioning system clean and odor-free.
A voice recognition system can perform a variety of functions, among them remote start, remote locks and windows, and destination search.
Under the hood, you'll find the familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Tucson Hybrid, however, has a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four connected to an electric powertrain for a combined output of 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. A 2022 Tucson plug-in hybrid is also new, utilizing the same powertrain as the hybrid, though range and battery details are not yet available.
Front-wheel-drive and the HTRAC all-wheel-drive system will be available boasting new driving modes: Mud, Sand, and Snow. The Hyundai SmartSense safety suite is standard and there'll likely be additional optional new safety tech the automaker hasn't revealed yet.
Sales are expected to get underway in the first half of next year, even though the fourth-gen Tucson is considered a 2022 model. Pricing will be announced at a later date.