On Monday, Hyundai unveiled the 2022 Hyundai Tucson coming to the North American market. The model technically debuted in September, but was forced to settle for the Euro version. However, the difference between the two is subtle, revealing that the United States provides supplementary information and more detailed photos from the manufacturer.
The design is eye-friendly and follows Hyundai’s current trend of providing interesting styling that knows exactly when to stop. The brand has miraculously failed in the recent horrifying car design, despite its constant offering of vehicles with a unique look. Hyundai calls this “parametric dynamics”. This is because of the way contrasting shapes and patterns interact with each other to provide a semi-traditional one. It sounds like marketing trash, but in reality, this phenomenon is actually seen in profile shots where intentionally angled badges play off each other to give them a rounded look. This is a very non-traditional way of giving Tucson a traditional shape and works surprisingly well.
The fairly large grille, on the other hand, integrates the running lights and turn signals to make the front look neat, despite the fact that much is happening. The headlamps ride a bit lower (Hyundai Kona style) and the rear lights appear to have been lifted from the early draft of the Mustang Mach-E. If it didn’t come together so effectively, there would be many strange choices to stay. This is especially true as the interior is fairly simple in comparison. The instrumentation exists as a rectangular block placed behind the steering wheel, and the center console is almost the same. It’s monotonous, but not completely attractive.
The base SE model comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) and a small 4.2-inch display sandwiched between analog gauges. SEL-trimmed Tucsons optionally receive a 10.2 inch digital gauge cluster to replace physical instrumentation, which is a Limited standard. The latter also comes with a corresponding 10.2 inch central touch screen that runs the latest Hyundai software. It looks great, but it replaces almost every physical control you can imagine (including the volume knob) with touch-operated debris.
We know we’re defeating horses that died years ago, but witches and knobs are always good.
The Tucson base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-banger that produces 187 horsepower (6,100 rpm) and 178 lb-foot torque (4,000 rpm). This adds 26hp and 28lb-ft torque to Tucson’s 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder. It also borders the optional 2.4 liter engine with a handful of ponies. Transmission options are limited to 8-speed automatic (standard front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive) unless you are considering adding an electrification aspect.
A more traditional hybrid option combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol motor with an electric mill and a 1.49kWh battery pack for a total output of 226hp and 258lb-ft. Hyundai suggested that the unit be about 30% more fuel efficient than the 2.5-liter unit and said it would utilize a 6-speed transmission and mandatory all-wheel drive.
The modern plug-in variant uses the same 1.6-liter turbo and transmission, but adds a larger electric motor and a 13.8kWh battery pack. Unfortunately, not all specifications are available and need further testing before they are returned.
Everything else is feature related and the brand seems to be willing to offer it on a daily basis at no extra charge. Tucson gets automatic emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, assisted lane keeping, rear seat occupant warning, and free automatic high beam. Move the trim ladder up to add adaptive cruises with stop-and-go, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic assist, and safe exit warnings to your list. However, lane assistance for 360 degree camera systems, smart parks, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise systems is limited to *.Ahem* Limited trim.
The car seems to be fairly well equipped in all formats, but for those who want to order A la carte Rejoice to know that Hyundai offers panoramic sunroofs, proximity entry with push button start, hands-free power hatch, heated / ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated steering wheel. You’ll probably have an upgraded Bose sound system, rain-sensitive wipers, a USB port in the backseat, and charging of wireless devices-but some of them are locked (or unlocked) to certain trims.
There is also an N-Line Tucson for those who want the look of a performance model without a mechanic to back it up. Hyundai has revealed that the car has most of the more sophisticated options and some design features unique to N products, while leveraging the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Thankfully, we’ve heard rumors that a legitimate performance variant is under development, but it can take years to complete.
Hyundai says the standard Tucson is built in South Korea and Alabama, with hybrid and N-line versions coming exclusively from Asia. Pricing will be announced shortly and should be in the spring of 2021 for hybrid and petrol models. PHEV Tucsons will continue in the summer, but by then there is no doubt that they will prove their position as a valid competitor.
The crossover boasts economics and power that should be comparable to those offered by Japanese rivals, but the 2.5-liter base seems to be less torqued than anything but the Nissan Rogue. I will. The same goes for cargo volumes, with the entire segment very close. If Tucson turns out to be fun to drive far away (the entire segment is dull behind the steering wheel) and is properly priced, it will be cleaned up in the market.
Hyundai reveals 2022 Tucson for US market
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