Hyundai’s new Tucson SUV will go on sale next month priced from £28,495.
The fourth-generation vehicle is built on an all-new platform and aimed at taking on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Seat Ateca.
The styling is far bolder than before, dominated by Hyundai’s innovative Parametric Jewel Hidden Lights. It’s a fancy name for a clever arrangement that makes the multi-tiered headlights blend almost seamlessly into the segmented grille. Elsewhere there are lots of deep creases and slashes in an effort to make it look sportier and more dynamic.
Three trim lines and four engine variants will be available from launch in January, with an additional N Line trim and plug-in hybrid powertrain joining the range later in 2021.
Starting at £28,495, SE Connect models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
All new Tuscons feature 10.25-inch media and instrument screens and a suite of active safety systems include forward collision assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane follow and lane keep assist and multi-collision braking.
Premium grade starts at £30,195 and adds 19-inch wheels, LED headlamps, ambient interior lighting, heated front seats and heated steering wheel, smart adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, keyless entry/go, wireless phone charing and a Krell audio system. Additional safety functions include blind spot collision avoidance, forward collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic alert and junction turning assist on DCT and hybrid models.
The range topping Ultimate trim starts at £32,895 and offers 19-inch wheels, leather seat trim with heated and ventilated electric memory seats in front, heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof and a smart electric tailgate. Additional safety equipment includes highway drive assist and rear cross traffic collision avoidance. A Tech Pack offers adaptive suspension, a 360-degree camera system and, on hybrids, a remote smart parking system.
All versions of the new Tuscon are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In its most basic guise this produces 148bhp and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission. This can be supplemented with a a mild hybrid arrangement which doesn’t increase power but does lower CO2 emissions and comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT gearbox. A 230PS hybrid sits at the top of the range with a six-speed automatic transmission while Ultimate trim line is also offered with a 178bhp version of the automatic mild hybrid arrangement.
The new Tucson line-up will be extended in spring 2021 with the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant.
The PHEV will use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine found in the rest of the Tuscon range, supplemented by 66.9kW electric motor powered by a 13.8kWh battery. Total power for the system is 261bhp, with 258lb ft of torque and the Tucson plug-in hybrid will come with a six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive as standard. Hyundai says it should be capable of more than 30 miles in pure-electric mode.