Friday, September 18

2021 Hyundai Tucson. Its hot, tech loaded and revolutionary SUV

Hyundai has taken the wraps off the fourth-generation Tucson mid-size SUV. Wider and longer than the outgoing model, the new 2021 Tucson debuts with a choice of two wheelbase variants.

Standing larger in dimensions as compared to its earlier counterpart, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will measure 4500 mm in length, 1864 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2679 mm. This will be an improvement over its predecessor that stood at 4475 mm in length, 1850 mm in width and 1660 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm. This increase in dimensions means added interior space with a more spacious cargo area.

Outside, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson looks nothing like its predecessor. It follows Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, but also features flourishes of what the company calls ‘parametric dynamics’, which adds jewel-like surfacing to the Tucson’s exterior. Lending an air of boldness to the new-gen Tucson’s face is a parametric grille that incorporates half-mirror type LED daytime running lights that are only visible when they’re switched on. When the Tucson isn’t running, the DRLs appear to be an extension of the grille surface, with the projector headlights mounted lower in the front bumper.

The interiors of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson takes on a modern stance which the company calls as “Interspace” design theme. It gets a tiller shaped steering wheel, a twin cockpit stance with two strips of silver surrounds in the driver and co-passenger area. It will also receive a wrap around dashboard, a floating digital instrument cluster, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system integrated into a vertical ‘waterfall’ central stack and push button controls.

There will also be an 8 inch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two-device Bluetooth connectivity. The cabin will be highlighted with 64 colour ambient lighting system with 10 levels of brightness. It gets an air quality monitoring system to keep a check on exterior air quality and pollution levels with a fine dust sensor. This device will also keep a track on interior air quality and purifies the cabin when needed along with a lower moisture evaporator that keeps HVAC odor free.

Safety will be enhanced via drive assist and active safety features among which will be front collision monitoring system, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and Hyundai Highway Driving Assist. It also gets multiple airbags, ABS with EBD as standard.

Under the hood, the new Tucson will make use of a 2.5-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo hybrid engine. These are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission unit. The 2.5-litre engine has peak power of 187bhp and max torque of 246 Nm. The turbo hybrid has a combined peak power figure of 226 bhp and max torque of 264 Nm.

The new Tucson continues to make use of Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system which supports Eco / Comfort / Smart / Sport driving modes but now also get additional support for Mud, Sand and Snow. The additional drive modes, however, are for the car in select markets only.

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