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Hyundai Unveils Revamped 2025 Tucson SUV at New York International Auto Show

The Latest Tucson Model Features Advanced Tech Upgrades, Refined Designs, and Expanded Powertrain Options


The Tucson is easily Hyundai’s most important model, at least where visibility and volume are concerned. The current generation was introduced for the 2022 model year and no returns for the 2025 model year with a host of improvements across design, technology, and performance. The refreshed model is set to hit Canadian dealerships in June for the 2.5L versions, with the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants following in late summer.

The 2025 Tucson retains its “Sensuous Sportiness” design language but adds a more assertive stance with a reimagined grille, new front and rear bumpers, and an evolved daytime running light design. The SUV’s exterior is further enhanced by new alloy wheel designs and a more effective rear wiper.

Inside, the Tucson gets a major cabin overhaul, introducing a panoramic curved display that merges a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with an equally large infotainment touchscreen. The center console and steering wheel have been redesigned for ease of use, complemented by additional storage solutions and an updated gear selector mechanism that creates more space.

Hyundai has significantly upgraded the Tucson’s infotainment system, which now boasts a larger 12.3-inch screen across all trims, enhanced processing power, and more intuitive user interfaces. Connectivity features like Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard, along with a new 12-inch Head-Up Display option for premium trims.

In terms of safety, the 2025 Tucson introduces Forward Attention Warning to monitor driver alertness, while Adaptive Cruise Control 2 can bring the vehicle to a safe stop if necessary. Rear seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters are now standard.

2025 Hyundai Tucson PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

The Tucson’s powertrain lineup is diverse, featuring a standard Smartstream 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, along with 1.6L turbocharged hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. The base engine offers 187 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque for plenty of power and efficiency. All versions come with HTRAC AWD, ensuring reliable performance in various driving conditions.

The hybrid models have been refined for an optimal blend of performance and economy. The hybrid version of the Tucson is powered by a 1.6L turbocharged engine, offering an approximate output of 231 horsepower. Combined with a 47.7-kW electric motor (upgraded from 44.2 kW) and a 1.49-kWh lithium-ion battery, the system delivers around 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This setup is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.

For those opting for the Ultimate trim, the Tucson comes with a Plug-In Hybrid configuration that includes a high-performance 1.6L turbocharged engine. This is paired with an even stronger 72.0-kW electric motor (previously 66.9 kW), resulting in a total power output of 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The Plug-In Hybrid variant now boasts a larger battery capacity of 13.8 kWh, which can be fully recharged in under two hours using a 7.2-kW onboard charger.

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models now allow drivers to adjust regenerative braking levels, enhancing the driving experience.

The 2025 Tucson’s enhancements extend to its driving dynamics, with new drive modes like Baby Mode for smoother acceleration and a Green Zone mode for optimized electric driving in urban areas. Hyundai’s e-Motion technology enhances the hybrid models’ cornering performance, ensuring a dynamic and engaging driving experience.

With these wide-ranging updates, the 2025 Hyundai Tucson will certainly continue to find itself on top of consumer lists.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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