Hyundai has updated the Tucson and given it a more powerful engine and a radical design language that makes the car look much more expensive, it comes loaded with class leading features.
Korean Auto giant Hyundai today released the Tucson-the best selling car from the brand for the 2022 model year. The Tucson continues on the evolution of the Sensuous Sportiness global design language and will come with conventional as well as hybrid options, with Plug-in hybrid launch announced for a later date. Praising the car’s versatility and efficiency Thomas Schemera, VP Hyundai said, “Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai’s full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV.”
The exterior has been updated with a seamless design integration of technology, for example the Half-mirror DRLs that form a part of the front grille. The stance of the car is smooth and forward moving, the long wheelbase and hood designate the car as a very spacious as well as powerful one. Full-width tail lamps adorn the rear along with the Hyundai logo on the glass and concealed rear wiper under the rear spoiler. A 10.25in screen is set in the middle and does not have any functional buttons, only touch which creates a seamless uninterrupted dashboard. The instrument cluster does not have a cover, the climate control is multi-zone and diffuser for indirect airflow which is unique. Ambient mood lighting has 64 colors and 10 brightness levels. The second row has fold-dive feature for faster access to the boot. The boot is spacious with 1095L of space.
There are several power options, the Smartstream 2.5L 187hp and 178lbft torque or the 1.6L turbo which is a considerable increase in the performance. The Smartstream is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission which offers quick changes and aggressive acceleration while keeping efficiency a priority. The torque converter has a multi-disc and controlled hydraulic channel for improved response. The Hybrid options include a 1.6L Turbo which makes 177hp and 195lbft of torque with a combined output of 226hp using the 1.49Kwh battery which is mated to a HEV-tuned 6-speed auto transmission making this hybrid car almost 30% more efficient than its sibling while offering more power and torque. The Hybrid models offer a shift-by-wire control as standard but is optional for the conventionally powered ones.
The Tucson comes with the HTRAC AWD system which uses electronically controlled, variable torque which can be controlled by selectable modes based on road and weather conditions. It surpasses many other similar systems in terms of torque distribution and providing acceleration. Both the hybrid and Plug in hybrid models share technologies such as CVVD, HTRAC and Transmission mounted Electric Device which manages the performance requirement of the vehicle. The suspension has been adapted for a more e-handling style which cuts down on mechanical components without compromising on comfort and sportiness. The e-handling ensures that the electric torque is applied wherever the conventional motor lags like cornering for a sportier and controlled driving experience.
The Tucson is loaded as always in terms of features, some of the latest additions include Remote parking assist which engages the car automatically to drive backwards or forwards using the smart key, remote start with seat ventilation, Digital key that can be installed on android smartphones and wireless Android auto and Apple Carplay accessible via the QI wireless charger. The safety features of the car include ADAS, Forward collision assist, blind spot Collision avoidance, Rear cross traffic assist, Lane assist, Highway Assist, Blind spot monitor, surround view, Rear occupant alert, safe exit warning, Smart cruise control, High beam assist and Driver attention warning all of which are assimilated in the Hyundai Smart Sense Safety which controls and manages the myriad of features.
Hyundai is aggressively expanding the N-Line globally and has released teasers suggesting that the Tucson will get the N-Line treatment which will feature a more powerful engine, improved driving dynamics and design which will debut later next year. Pricing is expected to be around $25,000 (INR 23 lakh) for the base Tucson.
2022 Tucson Dimensions
|2022 Tucson||2021 Tucson||Change|
|Wheel Base (in.)||108.5||105.1||+3.4|
Smartstream Engine Family
|2022 2.5-liter||2021 2.4-liter (opt)|
|Horsepower||187 HP (estimated)||181 HP|
|Torque||178 lb.-ft. (estimated)||175 lb.-ft.|
|Fuel Economy||Targeted 28 Combined||EPA-estimated 25 Combined|
|Standard Smart Sense Safety Features||Standard|
|Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Ped and Cyclist Detection||x|
|Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)||x|
|High Beam Assist (HBA)||x|
|Driver Attention Warning (DAW)||x|
|Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)||x|
|Optional Safety Features|
|Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)||OPT|
|Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)||OPT|
|Safe Exit Warning (SEW)*||OPT|
|Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go||OPT|
|Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)||OPT|
|Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA)||OPT|
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