Up front you’ll find full-LED headlights, a re-designed bumper and skid plate, as well as Hyundai’s familiar cascading grille. The rear sees new tail-lights, as well as a new bumper and exhaust tip – giving the Tucson a fresher look.
Inside there is a seven-inch screen, which can support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. A bigger eight-inch screen is also available, offering 3D maps and a seven-year subscription to LIVE services, which includes updated real time traffic information.
Rear passengers get an extra USB port, while other features include a Krell sound system and wireless QI phone charging.
The new Tucson features Hyundai’s Surround View Monitor, which uses 360-degree cameras for help when parking. Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Attention Warning also feature, which should help the Tucson keep its five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Hyundai’s Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan rival will be launched globally with a choice of five engines; three diesels and two petrols. The most powerful engine is the 2.0 CRDi, which produces 183bhp and comes with four-wheel drive as standard. It’ll also come with a choice of six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
The current 113bhp 1.7-litre diesel will be replaced with more fuel-efficient 1.6-litre diesel, with two power outputs; 113bhp or 131bhp. The more powerful engine will be the first available with Hyundai’s new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, which gives better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than the current six-speed transmission.
The petrol variants include a 113bhp 1.6 GDI and a 174bhp T-GDI. The latter comes with the option of front or four-wheel drive, and can be ordered with the new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The less powerful non-turbo petrol engine comes standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Hyundai Tucson is the brand’s best-selling model worldwide and will make its European debut in the coming weeks. Prices will be announced nearer the time, though it’s unlikely to cost much more than the outgoing car, which starts from £19,855. First deliveries are expected in the summer.
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