2022 Hyundai Tucson Preview
- Completely redesigned compact crossover SUV
- Gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains
- Larger and more accommodating then ever
- Seats five people, holds 38.7 cu.-ft. of cargo behind back seat
- New multi-air interior ventilation and air purification system
- Standard and available SmartSense safety technology
- High-tech instrumentation and infotainment systems
- Sporty Tucson N Line will join the lineup later
- Arrives in U.S. before summer of 2021
Introduction – Find the best Hyundai deals!
A redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson is coming soon, replacing a compact SUV that led its segment in quality according to the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study (IQS).
Hyundai did not repeat that award-winning performance in the J.D. Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study, which measures the emotional connection consumers have with the performance, design, and layout of their vehicles. And that’s where the all-new 2022 Tucson promises to make up some lost ground.
The key, based our review of the existing Tucson, is to improve the SUV’s fun-to-drive factor and its cargo space. But Hyundai is going well beyond this with the new Tucson, with compelling design, a modern interior, the latest in safety and infotainment technologies, and a choice between gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Exterior Features – Find the best Hyundai deals!
With the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, the automaker sought an emotional, transformative look that is anything but another cookie-cutter compact SUV.
“We wanted to create something iconic,” said Sangyup Lee, Hyundai’s head of global design, during the new Tucson’s global reveal in Seoul.
No more than a glance tells you Hyundai succeeded. Similar to the all-new 2021 Elantra, the new Tucson adheres to the automaker’s evolving Parametric Dynamics design ethos, which uses sharp edges and angular surfacing to define the compact crossover SUV.
Perhaps of most interest in how Hyundai embeds the Tucson’s lighting into the grille. When the SUV is turned off, the lighting is invisible. When the SUV is turned on, it presents an unmistakable look that makes the Tucson instantly identifiable. Lee calls it “an emotional touch that is simply magical.”
Viewed in profile, the new Tucson reflects what Hyundai says is a “coupe-like, avant-garde character.” Color choices include White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Gray, Amazon Gray, Flame Red, and Intense Blue. Aluminum wheels sized up to 19 inches in diameter are available to fill out the SUV’s flared fenders.
Around back, full-width taillights with embedded detailing add a jewel-like appearance, and Hyundai hides the rear window wiper under the roof spoiler while embedding a glass Hyundai logo in the lower portion of the window.
Two versions of the new Tucson are coming, a short-wheelbase model and a long-wheelbase model. North America gets the latter version, which provides more interior and cargo room.
The Tucson’s flamboyant exterior design is a hard act to follow, but Hyundai is clearly up for the challenge. Rather than carry the exterior’s visual exuberance into the cabin, designers instead crafted a clean, modern, and minimalistic environment intending to provide a sense of “openness and serenity.”
Though simple in terms of its appearance and detailing, the Tucson’s interior is simultaneously dramatic for its flat-topped dashboard that sweeps elegantly into the door panels, its three available 10.25-inch display panels, and its sharp color contrast with the light gray cloth or leather upholstery (the alternative to black).
Soft-touch material is used wherever occupants will regularly come into contact with the cabin, and a 64-color ambient lighting system is available with 10 levels of brightness and intensity. Electronic transmission controls are similar to larger Hyundai SUVs, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available, and an optional panoramic glass sunroof bathes the interior in natural light.
Hyundai uses a multi-air ventilation system in the new Tucson, which it says is benchmarked against those used on modern aircraft. Featuring dual-zone temperature control, the system monitors air quality, purifies the air to PM2.5 standards, and uses a technology to reduce moisture in the system to eliminate odor.
An available power tailgate opens to reveal 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space. To expand upon that, the rear seats use a fold-and-dive design to create maximum volume.
Under the Hood
Hyundai will offer the 2022 Tucson with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making an estimated 187 horsepower (190 PS) and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. It pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission and powers the front or all four wheels. This is the same engine Hyundai is using in the Sonata midsize sedan, evidently with slightly different tuning.
As an upgrade, a 2022 Tucson Hybrid is available, and Hyundai says it won’t sacrifice performance for efficiency. All-new, this gas-electric hybrid powertrain uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and produces 227 hp (230 PS) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Driving range, according to Hyundai, allows a Tucson Hybrid to drive from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles on a single tank of gas. That’s 485 miles, according to Google Maps.
Hyundai will also offer a plug-in hybrid version of the Tucson. Details for that powertrain are not yet available. Hyundai does confirm that both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid feature new eHandling technology that improves steering response when the driver turns in to a corner or curve, and improves directional stability when exiting a corner or curve.
With the new Tucson, the optional HTRAC all-wheel-drive system adds three new driving modes, bringing the grand total to seven. All Tucsons offer Eco, Comfort, Smart, and Sport settings. With HTRAC, the menu grows to include Mud, Sand, and Snow.
Hyundai will include the latest SmartSense collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) as standard equipment for the 2022 Tucson. Based on what the company says, SmartSense will have forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, lane centering assistance, a driver monitoring system, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Additional ADAS for the Tucson includes advanced smart cruise control with stop-and-go capability, Highway Driving Assist (a Level 2 ADAS), a surround-view camera, automatic rear emergency braking, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and a Blind-Spot View Monitor.
Based on a Hyundai demonstration, it appears the forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking system now works at intersections to prevent a driver from making an ill-advised left turn across approaching traffic.
If that list of ADAS wasn’t enough to convince you that the new Tucson is a high-tech SUV, let’s review what else Hyundai has in store.
First, Hyundai Digital Key will be available, which turns your smartphone into the vehicle key to unlock the doors and start the vehicle. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to detect and validate the digital key, and owners can use their smartphone app to start the engine, activate the climate control system, or issue a panic alert from 90 feet away.
Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system stacked on top of a flat touch-sensing climate system panel. The infotainment system offers wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, and the ability to pair two smartphones to the Bluetooth connection at the same time. With Blue Link connected services, a free 3-year trial period is standard.
As an upgrade, a 10.25-inch infotainment system and a matching 10.25-inch digital instrumentation display are available, as well as a Bose premium sound system. Navigation is standard with the larger display, and enhanced natural language voice recognition makes the technology easier to use while fostering communication between the Tucson and smart home features.
Additionally, a Valet Mode protects your private information and provides a driving history showing how the SUV was used when it was not in your possession.
The information in this article is from Hyundai and includes speculation by the author. It was accurate on September 14, 2020 but may have changed since that date.
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