Before its official debut, Hyundai has revealed some details regarding the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson. The South Korean marque has been testing it thoroughly. So while the new crossover is indeed shaping up to be pretty, it’s also confirmed that it’s one tough crossover.
It's tough enough to run around the Austrian alps while lugging around a trailer
How tough? Well, Hyundai has put the upcoming Tucson through several rigorous challenges in testing environments located around the world. For starters, it underwent a series of accelerated durability tests and dynamic tests on the Nurburgring. Next up, the new Hyundai crossover also went through public-road testing in several locations in Europe.
While you might think that this is relaxing, some roads cities in Europe are tight, made out of cobblestone, and/or riddled with speed bumps. Another test is hot weather testing in the south of Spain and cold-weather testing in Sweden. And finally, they also made the new Tucson tow a trailer in the Austrian Alps.
Video of the upcoming Hyundai Tucson undergoing tests
When it comes to fine-tuning the Hyundai Tucson in response to those tests, Hyundai did that on a dedicated proving ground located in Czech Republic. There, the Korean carmaker also pitted Tucson through various extreme driving conditions.
These pushed its four-wheel-drive system, torque distribution, torque build-up, electronic parking brake, and clutch controllability to their limits. The Hyundai engineers even drove the Tucson through 300 mm deep water to check if the new model’s underbody covers and wheel guards are doing their jobs.
Going through 300 mm deep water over and over again is no joke
Currently, the new Hyundai Tucson is undergoing final testing runs. This will further allow Hyundai engineers to use what they’ve learned in the tests to further improve the final production version of the vehicle. This will also ensure that the new Tucson will meet consumer expectations.
Hyundai Tucson's hill braking assist in action
The fourth-generation Tucson will make its global debut through a digital launch on September 15, 2020. A teaser video, as well as the live stream of the event itself, will be hosted on Hyundai.com and Hyundai's official social media pages.
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Know more about Hyundai Tucson 2023
The 2023 Hyundai Tucson is a five-seater compact crossover. Locally, this model has two variants. There’s the GLS+ 2.0 CRDi, and the 2.0 GLS AT. The CRDi model is diesel, while the other one is gasoline. They then have a price of Php 1,840,000 and Php 1,570,000 respectively.
Under the hood, the GLS+ CRDi variant uses a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that can make up to 183 horsepower and 416 Nm of torque. The GLS meanwhile gets a 2.0-liter gasoline mill that can churn out 153 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque.
For transmissions, the diesel variant uses an eight-speed automatic tranny. The gasoline version meanwhile uses a six-speed automatic tranny. Both variants are front-wheel-drive.
Size-wise, the new Tucson is 4,630mm long, 1,865mm wide, and 1,665mm in height. They also come with a wheelbase length of 2,755mm, and a ground clearance of 181mm.
Locally, the Hyundai Tucson competes against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Chery Tiggo 5 Pro, Subaru Forester, Peugeot 3008, among others.
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