2022 Hyundai Tucson is Larger and Offers Hybrid Power
When it comes to daily drivers, most Americans are choosing SUVs these days. Of all the vehicles that Hyundai offers in the US, its best-selling model is the Tucson SUV. After teasing for weeks, Hyundai has finally unveiled the all-new 2022 Tucson, and it’s larger than the outgoing model offering more passenger and cargo volume. Hyundai also announced that the new Tucson would offer a range of powertrains, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
The vehicle has new exterior styling with what Hyundai calls “Parametric Dynamics” with kinetic, jewel-like surface detailing. One of the cooler features of the vehicle is half-mirror daytime running lamps integrated seamlessly into the grille that only show when they are illuminated.
Power for the gas models comes from a 2.5-liter engine that makes 187 horsepower and 178 pound-foot of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. That drivetrain should be good for 28 MPG combined. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid electric powertrains use a 1.6-liter, direct-injected turbo, and motor combo. The hybrid system is estimated to produce 226 total system horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid get AWD as standard.
The new Tucson is a substantial 6.1 inches longer than the outgoing model and 0.6 inches wider, with a 3.4 inch longer wheelbase and 7.7 cubic feet of additional cargo volume. Passenger volume has also increased by six cubic feet.
The interior has lots of technology inside, including a 10.25-inch full-touchscreen with no hard buttons and a hoodless digital gauge cluster. The multi-air ventilation system provides diffused airflow for passenger comfort.
The 2022 Tucson will launch in the US this spring, with the plug-in models landing in the summer. Pricing remains unannounced at this time.