New 2022 Hyundai Tucson gets a brand-new design that is a radical departure from the current model
The interior has also been completely redesigned
A new PHEV engine option will be offered in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Mainstream automakers have to have a strong presence in the compact SUV segment or they risk losing ground to their competitors. At Hyundai, that means bringing the best possible iteration of the Tucson to the market and this 2022 Hyundai Tucson is certainly trying hard.
With a design that doesn’t go unnoticed, new powertrain options, a stunning interior, and more space, the 2022 Tucson checks all the boxes on paper as a competent compact SUV. The current-generation Tucson, although popular, is far from being the most efficient in the segment and certainly not a leader in interior space. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson hopes to change that.
What’s New About The 2022 Hyundai Tucson?
The first thing you notice is the design, called Parametric Dynamic. It’s angular and complex, especially the side profile. The unique LED lights upfront integrated into the grille make it seem like a concept, but the design will make it to production. There’s nothing else in the segment that looks even remotely close to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, and although such a distinctive design will attract a lot of haters, you can’t fault Hyundai for not trying to stand out.
Hyundai has also corrected the engine problems on current Tucson models. The base engine is now a 2.5-litre four-cylinder with 190 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, more power than either the current 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre deliver. There’s also a new hybrid powertrain that pairs a muscular 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor for a total output of 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Next up is a plug-in hybrid engine, the latest trend in the compact SUV. The Toyota RAV4 Prime, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the Ford Escape PHEV, and now the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai didn’t provide output numbers just yet, but the PHEV version uses the same 1.6-litre turbo. It also delivers 50 kilometres of electric driving range.
The hybrid and PHEV versions will include a new E-Handling system which Hyundai says will improve handling, steering response, and stability.
The powertrain, all-wheel drive system, and overall behavior of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson can be controlled via a range of driving modes including Mud, Sand, and Snow which are new. These are added to Comfort, Eco, Smart, and Sport.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be bigger than the current model with a wheelbase that’s stretched by 75 mm. Inside, there’s an impressive new 10.25-inch available centre screen that is essentially all touch-based. There are very few buttons inside the new Tucson, à la Tesla.
Last but not least, the 2022 Tucson’s interior will enjoy a new air purifying system with in-cabin pollution monitoring and innovative ventilation that filter dust and ensures better air distribution.
How Much Does The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Cost?
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect very similar pricing to the current model. That means a starting price of around $26,000 in Canada and $24,000 in the US. Top of the line models should inch close to $40,000.
When Will The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Launch?
It will launch in the first half of 2021 as a 2022 model.
Which Models Will It Compete Against?
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will enter the crowded compact SUV segment where it will take on faithful rivals the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, new Nissan Rogue, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and new Ford Escape.
What Do We Think About The 2022 Hyundai Tucson?
We don’t know if it looks good or bad (and it’s not really for us to say), but it certainly looks unique. As far as compact SUVs go, that’s a plus. The interior is stunning and the technology is diverse and useful. The engine options make up for the current Tucson’s lack of efficient, powerful options. And, it seems like the interior is more spacious as well.
In other words, it appears Hyundai took a competent SUV and corrected its flaws while infusing it with a design that will get noticed. We haven’t driven it, but on paper it looks very promising.