Following the growing trend of electrification of leading customer favourite brands, Hyundai has also introduced its own hybrid vehicle to the ever-growing line-up. The all-new Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is testament of the company’s vision of creating a future with electric vehicles and promoting the pros of electro mobility.

Hyundai’s expanding roster of fully electric and hybrid vehicles has gained momentum with the introduction of Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, an SUV class vehicle that now offers the most comprehensive range of electric powertrains. Even though the vehicle has yet to be homologated for safe use on public roads, customers can rest assured that if all goes well the sale will commence in spring of 2021 throughout Europe.

Let’s take a look at what this new Hyundai hybrid SUV has to offer. The Plug-in Hybrid sports an efficient combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The third gen 1.6 litre T-GDi Smartstream engine and the 66.9 kW Electric Motor together deliver a total power output of 265 PS and 350 Nm of max torque. For those considering a gradual shift from combustion powertrains to fully electric powertrains, the new Tucson SUV presents itself as a good option.

“The plug-in hybrid powertrain represents a new milestone in the Tucson range,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. He also added, “With gasoline and diesel mild hybrid, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options, the all-new Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in its segment. This is just the latest proof of Hyundai’s commitment to electro-mobility.”

Optimum performance level with a six-speed automatic transmission, the SUV comes as an all-wheel drive vehicle. As is expected of hybrid vehicles, this new Tucson also keeps fuel consumption and emission levels in check. This makes it a reliable option for short trips around the city, which can be covered completely with its electric powertrain. It covers a distance more than 50 km in a single charge while running on electric drive mode only.

The car package also comes with a 7.2 kW charger to charge the car while on-road at any charging station or through a domestic power outlet. To cater to passenger needs and comfort, Hyundai did not shy away from adding more space to its interior cabin. Now featuring an increase in its legroom and boot space, this hybrid SUV is all ready for long and comfy drives. The spacious interiors and larger luggage space has us impressed.

As for its performance on terrains other than highways and well-paved roads, the four wheel drive that comes as default and a Terrain Mode option work in combination to ensure that the drive is smooth, no matter the road condition. The HTRAC tech bolsters its grip on the road while the Terrain Mode works according to the adjustments made by the driver. The adaptive damping technology offered with the optional Electronically Controlled Suspension increases vehicle control and driving confidence.

An impressive display of driver assistive technologies and interior features add to the occupant comfort. These include a 10.25 inch AVN display that supports Hyundai Bluelink. Although the host of supportive equipment and Hyundai’s innovations have made it an ideal and powerful SUV, the company has also added a number of safety features to increase its risk-reducing abilities and customer appeal. Remote Smart Parking Assist, Highway Driving Assist and warnings from its Parking Collission-avoidance Assist are just some of the innovations added to the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid.

Aayushi Primta

Aayushi Primta

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