NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2022 Hyundai Tucson

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson, the continuation of the South-Korean manufacturer’s top-selling vehicle globally, has been announced. It will feature new exterior stylings, more passenger and cargo room and upgraded features throughout the sport utility vehicle.

Available in dealerships in the spring and summer of 2021 (depending upon model) the Hyundai Tucson will be offered in an array of powertrain variants, including new hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will debut in the spring and summer of 2021.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will debut in the spring and summer of 2021.

The new 2022 Hyundai Tucson internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and Ulsan, Korea.

Three new technology features highlight interior changes:

*10.25-inch full-touch screen exempt of hard buttons:
* Hoodless digital gauge cluster;
* Multi-air ventilation and a temperature-adjusting system providing diffused airflow on the front passengers.

2022 Hyundai Tucson: SUV Versatility

The Tucson’s second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality for easily optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. For extra convenience, a release lever for this function is also located in the rear cargo area.

The new Hyundai Tucson for the U.S. only offers the long-wheelbase version of the global platform. It’s longer, wider, taller and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation. Passenger volume increases by six cubic feet, to 108.2 cubic feet. Cargo volume increases by 7.7 cubic feet to 38.7 cubic feet.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will have several upgraded exterior style changes.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will have several upgraded exterior style changes.

Engine choices are a 2.5-liter, direct-injected and multi-port-injected gasoline engine as well as 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The 2.5-liter engine achieves 187 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The projected combined fuel economy of 28 mpg with front-wheel drive. The 2.5-liter engine couples to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.

Standard on the standard 2.5-liter engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be offered.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will have more interior passenger and cargo space.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will have more interior passenger and cargo space.

Tucson offers Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles.

The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty, dynamic experience. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and is tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

The Hyundai Tucson hybrid powertrain 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine produces an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, with an estimated 226 total system combined horsepower. The hybrid powertrain also produces an estimated 258 lb.-ft. of torque from the combined hybrid powertrain, with a 44.2 kW electric motor and a 1.49 kWh battery pack.

Combined, the hybrid powertrain is 30 percent more fuel-efficient than the standard gasoline engine, with 20 percent more torque for effortless daily driving. It has a 500-mile range.

Plug-in Hybrid models feature a high-output 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected hybrid powertrain coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Plug-in Hybrid battery is larger than the hybrid battery, with 13.8 kWh of power, yielding an estimated all-electric range (AER) of 28 miles and an estimated fuel economy of over 70 MPGe.

PHEV level-2 charging capability takes less than two hours to recharge the system, using a 7.2kW on-board charger. The Plug-in Hybrid powerplant delivers power through a PHEV-tuned six-speed automatic transmission for smoothness and efficiency.

Pricing hasn’t been announced.


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