New Hyundai Tucson: Photos and Facts

Let’s consider and study the fifth-generation Hyundai Tucson.

The fifth-generation Hyundai Tucson shocks everyone with its radical design and numerous facets, which resemble an origami figure rather than a car. But the model already has something to boast of: for example, an original and concise interior, advanced on-board electronics, a wide range of power units, half of which are hybrids. Today, we compare the old Tucson with the new one.

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As Hyundai says, the SUV is based on a new third-generation platform; it seems be the same platform that is used for the Sonata. Technically, it is very conventional: a powertrain transverse arrangement, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, a MacPherson front suspension and a multi-link rear one.

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But its design may seem to be shocking. New DRLs integrated into a radiator grille make the new Tucson related to the Grandeur. But in general, the design is completely unique.

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Last year, the company announced this new design by presenting the Hyundai Vision T. Hyundai's current corporate design language is called “Sensuous Sportiness”. However, the manufacturer came up with an even more intricate formulation for the Tucson — “Parametric Dynamism”. The body looks like a 3D puzzle; there are so many intersections of large and small surfaces in it.

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The novelty has increased in size but quite a bit. So, its wheelbase has grown by only 10 mm, reaching 2,680 mm. But Hyundai has prepared for the US and Korean markets a long-wheelbase version.

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The legroom for the rear passengers is increased by 26 mm in the standard Tucson and by 80 in the long-wheelbase version. After all, the latter has a centre-to-centre distance increased by 85 mm, reaching 2,755 mm. The difference between the standard Tucson (pictured) and its long-wheelbase version is almost invisible.

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But if you look closely at the location of the stamping on the back door, you can still recognize a long-wheelbase car. The length of this SUV is 4,630 mm.

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The interior of the new Hyundai Tucson looks extremely unconventional due to a kind of “two-story” architecture of the fascia gently flowing into the doors, a digital cockpit without a visor (as on modern Mercedes models) and air vents, as if strung on long silver spokes.

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There are also elegant light interior designs. Regardless of the color, the interior is finished with soft-touch materials, and fabric inserts from the doors fit on the dashboard.

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The dashboard represents a 10.25-inch high-contrast display.

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The fascia is almost completely devoid of physical buttons. A new infotainment system is controlled by a 10.25-icnh touch screen, as well as a three-zone climate system. All the buttons are touch-sensitive.

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However, all this applies only to richly equipped SUV. Standard versions will receive a conventional dashboard, audio system and single-zone climate control with physical buttons and a pair of shifters. Well, cars in medium trim levels will be equipped with an 8-inch head unit.

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Nine powertrain options have been prepared for the new Hyundai Tucson, and more than half of them are hybrids. So, petrol versions with 1.6 turbo engines with a power output of 150 hp and 180 hp will be available in Europe in the form of mild hybrids, as well as a 1.6-liter 136-hp diesel 1unit. They will come with a seven-speed DCT, but the petrol versions will feature an exotic iMT with automatic clutch control. In addition, simplified non-hybrid modifications will be available with a 1.6-liter 150-hp turbo petrol engine or a 1.6-liter 115-hp diesel unit (a manual gearbox only).

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Besides, South Korea will get a 2.0-liter 186-hp diesel engine, and North America – a 2.5-liter 190-hp naturally aspirated petrol one (the both engines will be aggregated with an eight-speed hydro-mechanical DCT).

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There are also two full-fledged (not mild) hybrids. This illustration shows a simpler version with a 1.6-liter 180-hp petrol engine, a 60-hp electric motor built into a six-speed automatic transmission, and a small 1.49-kWh lithium-polymer battery located under the backseat. A total power output of such a powertrain is 230 hp. Later, there will be a rechargeable hybrid with a large battery and a 265-hp powertrain.

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This scheme on the infotainment system shows energy flowing in a hybrid powertrain.

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A push-button system on the central tunnel is used instead of a usual automatic transmission selector (as on the Hyundai Sonata). By the way, you can notice a driving mode selector in front of it. Moreover, AWD will feature new modes: ‘Mud, Sand and Snow’, which affects the HTRAC AWD system operation mode.

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Only the central tunnel features conventional physical buttons: everything else is controlled by sensors. A storage bin is equipped with wireless charging for your phone.

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You can use a mobile phone with NFC as a digital key. If you put your phone on the central tunnel for wireless charging, the car will automatically download your driver profile from the cloud (language, Bluetooth settings, GPS, favorite radio stations, and voice recognition settings).

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The internet system has Internet access and is able to manage the “smart home” (and this functionality is not available only in Korea). Alternatively, you can access the car from your phone via Bluelink in order to find it in the parking lot or to check the fuel margin, for example.

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The trunk volume of the short-wheelbase Tucson is increased by 33-107 liters. Depending on the modification, it can be 546-620 liters. If you fold the backseat, the size of the cargo compartment reaches almost 1.8 cubic meters. By the way, the backseat is now folded in a ratio of 2:1:2.

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The new Hyundai Tucson will be equipped with traditional shock absorbers (but valves of a new design), or shock absorbers with electronic stiffness control.

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There are four options for light-alloy wheels with a diameter of 17 to 19 inches, plus the simplest 17-inch steel “stampings”.

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The car has halogen headlights (left) or reflex LED ones.

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The new Hyundai Tucson will be released in South Korea before the end of September. Czech-made cars will be sold in Europe: it is promised that dealerships will start receiving them before the end of the year, although the recharged hybrid and the sport version of the N-Line will be available only in the spring of 2021. The new Tucson will reach other markets in 2021.

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