The next-generation Hyundai Tucson has dropped more camo since our last look.
Last week, we got our first look at the next-generation Hyundai Tucson. Our expectations are considerably high after Sangyup Lee, the vice president of styling at the Hyundai Design Center, claimed the design of the next Tucson will "freak you out." Unfortunately, the prototype we caught last week was covered in camouflage, preventing us from getting a good look at the design details.
Since then, some of the camo has come off, giving us a clearer look at the revamped front fascia. We get a better look at the cascading grille, and the front also incorporates a split headlight design matching other current Hyundai models like the new Santa Fe and Venue.
Sadly, the remaining design details remain covered up. As Hyundai's best-selling model, the new Tucson has a lot to live up to, but Hyundai's new design language gives us hope this will be another stunner. The stylish 2020 Sonata is one of the best-looking luxury sedans in its class, so we're hoping the new Tucson can do the same for the competitive subcompact crossover segment.
Under the hood, the next-generation Tucson boast an all-new Theta3 2.5-liter engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the US, this engine is expected to be available with turbo and non-turbo 2.5-liter variants for the base model, while Europe will likely also get an updated version of the 1.6 liter GDI as well as the 1.6 liter T-GDI and possibly a diesel version. The new Tucson could also borrow the new Sonata's 2.0 GDi HEV hybrid powertrain. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions will be available.
The next-generation Hyundai Tucson is expected to debut in 2020 as a 2021 model. In the future, Hyundai will also build its first-ever pickup, tipped to be called the Santa Cruz, based on the next-generation Tucson. Both models will likely be produced at Hyundai's Alabama plant in the US.