The all new Hyundai Tucson has just made its world debut. The 4th generation Tucson will go on sale in its home market– South Korea later this month and will begin reaching global markets from 2021.
In terms of design the all new Tucson is hugely different from its predecessor and is heavily inspired by the Vision T concept that debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show. Carrying Hyundai’s latest “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, the all new 2021 Tucson adapts what Hyundai calls a “Parametric Dynamics” look, with plenty of kinetic jewel surface details as seen on the latest Elantra. Up front the fascia highlights the latest evolution of Hyundai’s signature headlamp architecture, called “Parametric Hidden Lights”. The slim headlamps are accompanied by LED DRLs that are integrated into the jewel-like grille & are only revealed when turned on, & remain hidden otherwise.
Exterior of the 4th generation Hyundai Tucson
The new Tucson projects plenty of chiseled surfaces and angular wheel arches to give it a bold & dynamic look. The rear end gets a full-width tail lamp assembly, which incorporates half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit, echoing the lighting theme at the front. To ensure the continuity of the light bar, Hyundai has moved the brand logo up into the rear screen area, and the rear wiper now hides under the spoiler to provide a cleaner look. The bumper gets reflectors while the lower section gets a diamond texture along with the diffuser.
Inside, there is an “Interspace” cabin as defined by Hyundai, led by a layered dashboard styled in wrap-around fashion, with twin silver garnish lines that extend to the doors. There’s a hoodless digital instrument cluster and a flat, button-less centre fascia. Hyundai says the idea is to offer a sense of connected and comfortable drive in a cabin that is open and simplistic. The broad ridge of the dashboard blends consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants. The vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console while the ambient mood light feature allows one to adjust 64 colors for 10 brightness levels.
The dual-screen center panel comes fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support mounted on top of a full touchscreen climate control panel. The main 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation display offers split-screen functionality and enhanced voice recognition. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson also includes Hyundai’s Digital Key, a feature that allows customers to use their Smartphones as keys. The Tucson’s “car to home” feature will also give drivers the ability to link up their smart home appliances to their vehicle, so they can do things such as to turn on their home air conditioner from the vehicle, before they return home.
Interior of the all new Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai says “getting into the cabin is like entering a neatly organized room where everyday concerns disappear, not unlike the feeling of a modern boutique hotel where your comfort and convenience are the utmost priority.”
Bigger than the out-gone model, Hyundai says the all new 4th gen Tucson will be available in both short and long wheelbase versions, depending on the region where it will be sold.
The South Korean-spec long wheelbase version of 2021 Hyundai Tucson
As for engines, the Tucson will be available with two powertrain choices. The petrol unit is a Smartstream 2.5 liter direct-injected four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine delivering 190 hp and 260 Nm, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The other is a turbocharged 1.6 liter four-cylinder unit, which will feature in hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions of the Tucson. The engine produces 180 hp and 264 Nm, and coupled to an electric motor reslts in a combined system output of 230 hp and 350 Nm.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be available in FWD and HTRAC AWD forms, with hybrid and PHEV versions also coming equipped with E-Handling technology, which Hyundai says helps improve steering response and directional stability when cornering or in adverse driving conditions. In terms of safety, the Tucson gets SmartSense safety feature suite comprehensively packed with highway driving assist (HDA), forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist (LKA) and lane following assist (LFA) and blind-spot view etc.
According to Hyundai, a performance oriented N Line version of the Tucson is also planned for future.
In Pakistan, Hyundai-Nishat has just introduced the 3rd generation Tucson the deliveries of which are already stretched as far as April 2021. It’s highly unlikely for Pakistan to get the all new Tucson anytime soon.
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