Hyundai claims the new Tucson’s radical styling will make you “freak out.”
Hyundai has high hopes for the all-new Tucson. After the 2020 Sonata debuted with a bold new design, Hyundai's design vice president, SangYup Lee, promises the Tucson will have some radical styling changes that will make you "freak out." Back in August, we got our first look at a prototype of the new Tucson, but it was covered up in heavy camouflage. This latest prototype spotted being put through its paces at the Nurburgring, however, has significantly less camo, giving us a better look at the SUV's shape and sleek design lines.
Compared to the current Tucson, the new model sports a coupe-style roofline and design lines running along both sides, giving it a sportier appearance. According to Hyundai, the new Tucson will look "more interesting visually," and it certainly seems to be an improvement over its predecessor. The front fascia features split headlights borrowed from the new Santa Fe and Venue, and the covers have also now been lifted off the rear, revealing a fixed rear spoiler and dual exhaust pipes.
We don't have any photos of the cabin to share yet, but Hyundai has said the new Tucson will have a more luxurious interior and share materials and tech with the Santa Fe. New standard safety tech will include automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance systems to meet new crash testing regulations.
Under the hood, the US version of the next generation Tucson will be powered by an all-new Theta3 2.5-liter engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the European version will likely get an updated version of the 1.6 liter GDI four-cylinder as well as the 1.6 liter T-GDI turbo-four and possibly a diesel version. It could also inherit the new Sonata's 2.0 GDi HEV hybrid setup and will be available with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. The new Tucson is expected to debut next year and go on sale as a 2021 model, so we should see prototype models shed even more camouflage between now and then.