Finally, the all-new Hyundai Tucson 2022 is unfolding and fans will be divided immediately after they have a look at the whole car. That is because like all-new Hyundai models the new Tucson is based on the philosophy of design of the Korean brand ‘Sensual Sportiness’ and is based on the Vision T SUV concept that we saw at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Although the design appeared promising in the Concept, it appears to be too busy in the actual car and there may be too many features, especially on doors and sideboards. So it looks as if Hyundai’s Tucson this time has taken a big gamble that could impair its ‘global bestseller’ tag.
The new Tucson is larger than the current production. It’s 20 mm longer, with a length of 4,500 mm. Even 15 mm (1.865 mm) wider and 5 mm (1.650 mm) thicker. The length increase also means more wheelbase (up 10 mm to 2680 mm) and second legroom (up to 26 mm). Length increases in this way.
Under the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ heading, the new Tucson is pioneering what Hyundai terms ‘Parametric Dynamics.’ It is the process by which the new Tucson was developed – using digital geometric algorithms, rather than conventional drawing and sketching methods. Therefore, throughout the design of the SUV, prominent geometrical or ‘parametric jewelry,’ which gives it a progressive nature. The new Tucson’s Parametric Hidden Lights were the greatest ‘parametric pleasure’ – the headlights & LEDs DRLs are well incorporated into the design of the car’s geometrical front grille.
The latest interior design & layout takes a ‘minimalist’ approach, with most vehicle controls now being controlled by touch-based buttons. However, a few traditional switches can still be found, such as those on the windows & mirrors doors. The new 10.25-inch AVN-T panel forms the main command center and the optical instrument cluster (of the same size) also replaces the traditional gauges.
Hyundai claims that the new Tucson will soon deliver the largest variety of electric & conventional motors as regards powertrain choices. In addition to traditional petroleum and diesel engine choice, complete hybrid, the hybrid plug-in (PHEV), mild-hybrid (MHEV), and electric models will also be offered. Either a 1,6-liter T-GDI Smartstream petrol unit or a 1,6-liter CRDi Smartstream diesel unit will be used as the foundation for each powertrain combination. A standard 6-speed manual, six-speed iMT, 7DCT automatics, and a six-speed converter automatically are the transmission options.
While the new Tucson looks more like a soft-roader, Hyundai has fitted it with an optional All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) for true 4×4 capabilities and, in addition to different drive modes, three additional terrain modes – Dirt, Sand and Snow – are part of the new Terrain Mode selector. A new electronic controlled suspension (ECS) allows the driving dynamics to be further improved.
Petrol, diesel, and mild-hybrid models of the new Tucson are scheduled to enter dealerships in Europe by the end of the year. The car, however, is already on sale in Korea as a 2021 edition. Next year, the PHEV models will follow, along with the N Line trim “as reported by auto.”