The next Hyundai Tucson has shed more camouflage ahead of its launching.
Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson has been snapped once again, with spy photographers recording the mid-size SUV in a state of additional undress.
Hyundai’s vice president of styling, Sangyup Lee, has said the new Tucson would make you “freak out” as it’s a lot more aesthetically stimulating than the 2020 Sonata.
2021 Hyundai Tucson Spy Shots
Even using less camouflage, it’s not clear just how the new Tucson will upset you so, though it’s arguably a good-looking evolution of Hyundai’s mid-size SUV.
While the new Sonata is dramatically different in appearance to its predecessor, the new Tucson has a comparable profile to the outgoing model. The beltline and D-pillar look similar, if possibly somewhat more trendy than the current Tucson, which debuted in 2015.
2021 Hyundai Tucson Changes
More obvious changes are evident in the front and rear fasciae. The Tucson’s grille and split headlights appear to draw inspiration from the Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell crossover– previous spy shots have shown this in greater detail.
When it comes to the new Tucson’s rear, the photographed example is missing its taillight assembly. Nevertheless, it looks like it may echo the 2020 Sonata’s full-width light bar.
The fourth-generation model (the second-generation was called the ix35 here) may present the very first hybrid to the Tucson line, borrowing the 143kW 2.0 four-cylinder hybrid powertrain from the 2020 Sonata.
Hyundai Australia, however, has yielded it’s an uphill battle trying to match Toyota’s hybrids on cost, calling into question whether upcoming hybrid models like the Sonata Hybrid will be presented here.
Hyundai may wish to make an exception for the mooted Tucson Hybrid, given the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid remains in hot need.
Also, coming to the Tucson line will be a readily available 3rd row of seating, a minimum of in markets such as India. If the seven-seat Tucson joins the Australian range, it’ll provide competitors for the three-row Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail, and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.
It’s no secret the Tucson is an essential vehicle for Hyundai. Last year, it was the second best-selling Hyundai here and the 4th very popular car in its section, beaten only by the Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4.
Hyundai would like to make the car a podium finisher here, along with increasing its sales in larger markets like the US. Last year, the Tucson was outsold, thereby nearly every competing bar, the related Kia Sportage, GMC Terrain, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
2021 Hyundai Tucson Debut
The next-generation Tucson must debut next year and is anticipated to reach display rooms in late 2020 or 2021.