Could a three-door version be in the cards?
The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson could go down as a design game-changer for the compact crossover segment. In fact, one high-ranking Hyundai executive believes the Tucson could serve as the brand's halo design model. The daring new styling language the South Korean automaker implemented immediately created waves in the industry as rivals such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V suddenly looked rather bland. Just because someone is shopping for a non-luxury compact family crossover doesn't mean they should have to sacrifice style.
But not everyone may want the new Tucson as a family hauler, but rather as a fashion statement on par with other crossover coupes like the BMX X4.
Rendering artist X-Tomi Design simply eliminated the Tucson's rear doors and, suddenly, it holds its own even better parked next to several premium crossovers. The Range Rover Evoque, which used to offer a three-door version, can also be included in this mix.
The Tucson nameplate dates back to 2004 and the crossover has always been a five-door. This will likely never change for one key reason: the market for three-door crossovers and SUVs is extremely small. Off-road-focused SUVs like the Land Rover Defender, Ford Bronco, and Jeep Wrangler are the only ones currently available in this body style.
The good news is that Hyundai is considering a performance-focused Tucson N in addition to a less powerful N Line. The Tucson N could potentially come powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with around 340 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful compact crossovers available. Hyundai has not provided a potential launch date, let alone a production confirmation.
But what we'd love to see happen is a Tucson N three-door. Sure it'd be totally niche but it'd further prove Hyundai's commitment to both design and performance. Mainstream rivals like Ford, Honda, and Toyota could be forced to respond somehow, sparking a potential battle of (relatively) affordable performance crossovers.