The Hyundai Tucson is a compact, five-door crossover with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout. It is now in it's fourth generation version, and depending on the market, it either gets a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, a 2.0-liter diesel, a 1.6-liter gasoline mill or a 1.6-liter gasoline hybrid. It uses a totally new platform, and it is gets a more modern and more refined exterior design.
The Hyundai Tucson was initially introduced way back in 2004. For this particular version, it shared a platform with the Hyundai Elantra sedan. Later onwards in 2009, the 2nd-generation model made its debut. The third-generation model in turn, was launched in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.
In 2020, Hyundai updated the Tucson into it's fourth-generation. This new version now uses a new platform, a new set of engines, and a drastically different exterior design.
The fourth-generation Tucson is a compact crossover SUV. It features a new, more modern front fascia with a grille that seemingly melds together with the LED headlamps. It also has a pair of larger front foglamps, a sleeker side profile, and full-width LED taillights for the rear.
Inside, the fourth-gen Tucson can seat up to five. It features a lot of soft-touch surfaces, an abundance of cargo space, and a totally redesigned multi-tiered dashboard. Moreover, it also gets a new center stack and a sleeker set of AC vents. Moreover, the gear shift lever was replaced by a push-button gear selector. And lastly, the new Hyundai crossover is also equipped with a 64-color ambient lighting system.
Technology & Safety Features
On the new Tucson's dashboard is a dual-screen headunit. It has a whole host of smartphone connectivity options, and satellite radio. It can even be used as a WiFi hotspot, and it can connect to two phones at the same time.
For safety, this crossover comes with several warning systems, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, object detection, among others.
Platform & Chassis
The Fourth-generation Tucson uses the new Hyundai-Kia N3 platform, which it shares with the new Kia Sportage and Hyundai Santa Cruz. For suspensions, it gets a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link for the rear. It also uses an all-wheel-drive.
Despite being a crossover, the new Hyundai model was tested extensively in the rough terrain of the Austrain Alps. There, it proved capable of running over rough terrain, towing, and dealing with slipper road surfaces.
Engine & Drivetrain
For the latest version of the Tucson, it either comes with a 2.0-liter gasoline mill and the 2.0-liter diesel engine that's available on the older third-generation Philippine-spec Tucson. In other markets, a 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain is also available. At most, this can make up to 230 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. There's also a non-hybrid 1.6-liter.
For transmissions, it can either retain the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. If we get the hybrid version, then it'll use a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.