Arriving in Australia in the first half of 2021 the all-new Hyundai Tucson has taken a definite step upmarket.
Launched globally online yesterday, the all-new Hyundai Tucson is a proper looker, we reckon. It’ll arrive here in the first half of 2021, and while details are thin-ish, we know we’ll only get the long-wheelbase version (a shorty is available) and will have petrol, diesel and turbo petrol engines.
Hyundai Australia has also said the new Tucson will undergo its usual local ride and handling tuning and that the N Line version is confirmed for Australia. Pricing and final specifications will have to wait until closer to the local launch next year.
The Tucson has sold more than 7 million vehicles (around the world) since it launched in 2004 but this fourth-generation model is easily the most sophisticated ever. Hyundai said it’s hoping it will “attract even more customers with its cutting-edge design, roominess, class-leading digital capabilities, dynamic ride and handling and excellent fuel efficiency”.
The design of the new Tucson, especially the grille is what stands out most. Hyundai is calling it an evolution of its Sensuous Sportiness design identity (this is the first SUV to be designed in this language) and said it boasts parametric dynamics in the design. Designers, eh. The parametric grille bears similarities to that of the new i30 Sedan (Elantra in some markets) and contains the daytime running lights that can only be seen when illuminated. And that’s the same at the back where there are shapes within the full-width tail-lights that can only be seen when illuminated.
Hyundai calls the interior of the Tucson the, ahem, ‘Interspace’… and has taken design inspiration from a, wait for it, waterfall. The doors and dashboard are designed to wrap around occupants like a deep gorge, Hyundai said. No, really. There are 64 colours and 10 brightness settings for the ambient lighting and there’s a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with no hard buttons for climate controls, etc…grrr. In terms of seating, the rear seats will offer fold and dive functionality with boot space measuring 1095 litres.
Of course the infotainment system offers wireless Apple and Android connectivity and owners will be able to download Hyundai’s Digital Key and use their smartphone as a key. Owners will be able to lock and unlock their vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine and its climate control system from up to 27 metres away. But wait, there’s more…
Owners will even be able to connect smart devices in their homes to their vehicle using Hyundai’s Car-to-Home feature which will allow them to, say, switch on their air-conditioner at home before they arrive. But we’re not sure if this will be available in Oz.
So, come on Internet, do you like the look of the new Tucson?
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