Labeling a new-car debut story as a “First Look,” as we do right here at MotorTrend, can show barely limiting from time to time. What if a brand new car, say, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, invitations second, third, and even seventh seems? If you might have just one look to present, nonetheless, we are saying make it final so long as doable with Hyundai’s all-new compact crossover.
What’s New? Nearly Everything
The present Tucson has been on sale since 2015, having been final absolutely redesigned for the 2016 mannequin 12 months. It’s a reliable if unassuming entry within the aggressive compact crossover section. (It locations midpack in our rankings of the class.) The 2022 Hyundai Tucson, however, is nearly completely new, with recent styling, new hybrid powertrain choices, and a massively overhauled inside.
Hyundai will construct two variations of the Tucson, one with a brief wheelbase and one with an extended one—solely the latter will likely be bought within the U.S. (This technique is just like the present VW Tiguan, which is bought in America within the longer of its two international types to supply extra inside room.) As earlier than, front- and all-wheel drive will likely be out there.
Now, Take a Real Long Look
You usually are not taking a look at an idea automotive, or a design apparition—that is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson you can purchase subsequent 12 months. Wild, is not it? Compressed inside the pretty typical tall-hatchback form of a contemporary compact crossover SUV is a number of styling. Typically that spells bother, as piling design on design can typically be an excessive amount of. On the Tucson, although, the riot of creases, chamfers, and chunky surfacing type of works. We would not name the outcome stunning, and a number of the prospers or maybe too florid on their very own, however the Tucson is eye-catching with out being ugly.
Hyundai is working with a brand new styling language right here, one we’ve not seen on every other manufacturing mannequin save the limited-production, high-tech Nexo fuel-cell electrical car. The SUV’s face is putting and dominated by a spread-wings grille-and-headlight mixture. Deep cheekbone vents with fog lights nestled into them are doubtless nonfunctional however give the Tucson a extra purposeful aesthetic than most small SUVs. Ditto the Hyundai’s athletic stance, the place the wheels appear to sit down huge of the physique beneath bulging fenders and the tail appears kicked up within the air. Jaunty!
Most observers’ eyes will shortly flit to the taillights, nonetheless, which in form and execution call to mind the Ford Mustang’s vertical-bar association. As we famous when preview images of the Tucson dropped ahead of the official debut, the lights are extra authentic than they first appear, nonetheless. There are solely two bars per facet (the Mustang wears three), they usually’re related by a full-width reflective unibrow. Each taillight bar is also extra triangular and three-dimensional in form than the Ford pony automotive’s items. Other novel styling touches embody the fake vents stamped into the trailing edge of every fender flare, the Hyundai badge hovering within the tailgate glass, and the silver trim (with its personal simulated vent stamping at its trailing edge) working up and over the facet glass all the way in which to the Tucson’s tail. Final dimensions have but to be revealed, however it could seem as if the brand new Tucson is bigger than the outdated one; this concept is backed up by the cargo quantity determine Hyundai offered. At 38.7 cubic toes, the 2022 Tucson’s cargo space is notably bigger than the 2021 mannequin’s 31-cubic-foot maintain; each figures are measured with the rear seats upright. With them folded, the brand new Tucson’s determine absolutely jumps past the present mannequin’s 62-cubic-foot capability.
The Interior Kicks Hard
Forget the present Tucson’s inside styling if you have not already. The new mannequin’s cabin turns its sights upscale, with a good-looking dual-cockpit setup break up by a waterfall central stack and a sublime “floating” heart console. A trim aspect lining the highest of every entrance door flows into the sprint, with well-integrated air vents embedded at every entrance nook; that trim line continues all the way in which in entrance of the motive force and front-seat passenger and frames the central stack. A set of pushbutton transmission controls helps streamline the already sleek-looking heart console by eradicating a standard shift lever; simply forward of the console is a horizontally organized set of bodily buttons for the seat heaters and air flow, steering wheel heater, and parking cameras and sensors. The management remedies scream “luxury car!” although the Tucson is priced and bought as a mainstream compact SUV.
A brand new 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cellphone integration is customary, however the optionally available setup wows: It’s a 10.3-inch touchscreen pictured that matches flush with the encompassing panel. Below it sits a strip of touch-sensitive, backlit controls for quantity and tuning, in addition to shortcuts to the navigation, radio, media, and setup menus. While logically arrayed, the controls elevate two potential shortcomings: First, being touch-sensitive and shapeless, the buttons doubtless would require a look to function (you possibly can’t simply “feel” for a flush-fit, touch-sensitive button as you possibly can a bodily button or a knob). Also, talking of knobs, there are not any on the 10.3-inch display screen—solely faucet inputs for quantity and tuning, which may show fiddly, because it does in sure merchandise from different automakers.
At least with the optionally available 10.3-inch show, the Tucson additionally consists of touch-sensitive local weather controls under the primary touchscreen. These flank a standard digital show for the air temperature and fan pace. Again, the button structure seems intuitive, however these touch-sensitive controls carry the identical potential drawbacks as these for the audio system. More data on the bottom setup, which we presume will not be touch-sensitive, is anticipated later this 12 months, when U.S.-specific 2022 Tucson data will likely be launched.
One Gas Engine, Two Hybrid Options
Big adjustments are in retailer beneath the Tucson’s straked hood. Last 12 months’s engine lineup—a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine—is changed by an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a pair of hybrid choices based mostly round a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electrical motor. The 2.5-liter 4 is customary, and places down a class-competitive 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque (each figures are preliminary estimates). It comes paired with an eight-speed automated that is additionally new to the Tucson, and also will be supplied with front- and all-wheel drive selections.
The two hybrids embody a daily gas-electric setup and a plug-in hybrid with a big battery pack for prolonged electric-only driving functionality, very like Ford’s Escape Hybrid and Escape Plug-In Hybrid fashions. Regardless of which hybrid you select, it is going to have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower, 195 lb-ft of torque) assisted by an electrical motor of unspecified output and utilizing a six-speed automated. Hyundai does quote a complete output for the system, a considerable 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft—on par with some turbocharged, nonhybrid opponents and harking back to Toyota’s technique with its equally sized RAV4 hybrid and plug-in hybrid, that are extra highly effective than their gasoline siblings and promise each higher gasoline financial system and improved efficiency.
More zest could also be on the horizon, too: Hyundai is not providing specifics but, but it surely has introduced a sporty N Line trim will likely be a part of the 2022 Tucson’s lineup. The Elantra and Sonata N Line models present a basic blueprint, however past that, additional particulars (together with U.S.-specific data) surrounding the brand new Tucson and its N Line variant are due nearer to the top of the 12 months.