The Hyundai Tucson has been around for over a decade, and it’s been hugely popular. And although the previous generation was already quite a looker, this new one is…… different. But in a good way.
This new fourth generation Tucson has vastly different aesthetic traits compared to the old model. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to even realise the two cars are related. And rightly so, considering this car is almost all new. It is just under an inch wider and longer than the older model, but rear legroom has increased by 26mm.
The compact crossover has undergone a complete exterior and interior overhaul, with its triangular diamond-esque grille, daytime running lights that vaguely resemble a pair of wings and triangular taillights with a horizontal streak running across the trunk lid.
The fenders and wheel arches are also very angular, giving the Tucson a more sculpted side profile. A streak of chrome unifies the A-pillar up to the roof-line and down to the C-pillar.
Overall, the design of the Tucson closely mimics the Hyundai Vision T Plug-in Hybrid Concept, down to the front and rear fender flares and the lights in the grille. It’s a striking design. Almost concept car-ish. And it’s very, very, VERY flashy if I do say so myself.
The interior is also brand new, with a new digital gauge cluster and an 8-inch central touchscreen mounted on the dashboard (or you could tick the option box for a larger 10.3-inch screen). A touch sensitive panel under the main display houses the infotainment menu buttons, volume controls, and the climate controls. Hyundai has opted for buttons in place of a conventional shift lever, so the centre console is smooth and devoid of clutter.
The air-conditioning vents meld into the metal trim pieces that run along the cabin and meet in the centre stack, encapsulating the driver and passenger. The car comes with dual zone climate control in the front, and a pair of vents in the back keep the rear passengers cool. And ambient lighting in the door pockets and centre console bathes the cabin with a soft glow in dim lighting.
Practicality has improved too, and the new Tucson has 620 litres of trunk space and it expands to 1799 litres with the rear seals folded down. Electrified and Hybrid models get slightly less boot space at 577 and 616 litres, but it’s still an improvement over the previous Tucson’s 513 litres.
The new Hyundai Tucson will only arrive in 2021. And possibly in the later part of the year. The 1.6L petrol versions and a petrol hybrid model would probably arrive first. N-Line variants may also appear along the way, and we can expect to see the engines from either the Sonata or the Elantra N-line models under the hood of the Tucson N-Line.
It’ll face stiff competition from its Japanese or even German rivals when it arrives. but consider this, no other compact crossover has such an outlandish and rakish design. And it might not appeal to everyone. But that may be a good thing.