The date is around the corner.
The Hyundai Tucson has been described by the brand as its halo model. Although not a BMW rival, it's a spectacular-looking SUV, and it deserves a special launch here in the States. Hyundai agrees, and the new model will make its North American debut next week at The London West Hollywood in Beverley Hills, California, on November 9 at 9 am PT. The launch will be available to watch online through Hyundai's USA site and will feature various speakers, including Hyundai ambassador Sage Erickson, a local professional surfer and two-time winner of the US Open of Surfing. She has a storied history with the brand and will be a great drawcard for those who aren't all that interested in hearing corporate bigwigs discuss their plans for the Tucson.
The Tucson is Hyundai's best-selling model globally and is expected to attract first-timers to the brand with its unique design, advanced safety features, economic powertrain options, and "dynamic ride". Hyundai's main speakers present will include Global Chief operating Officer Jose Munoz who will handle the unveiling of the vehicle and SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global design Center and Senior Vice President. He will go through the Tucson's design in detail, focusing especially on the parametric jewel grille. It'll be interesting to see how the design team arrived at this bold new look and what challenges had to be overcome to achieve it.
We expect the interior of the car to be discussed too. We know that it will feature an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display as standard with a 10.3-inch screen available too. The engine powering the new halo model will be a 2.5-liter four-pot with 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque while a hybrid variant will also be offered with a 1.6-liter four-pot. If that's not enough for you, there's a possibility that we'll get a hotter N version, but we've been disappointed before, so don't hold your breath. If it does happen, we expect that 2.5-liter engine to be boosted to at least 340 hp. Here's hoping.