CRA Market News – South Africa
BY DENIS DROPPA
The vehicle is a design revolution for the brand, featuring sharp angles and hidden front lights.
After teaser pictures released a couple of weeks ago, Hyundai has now uncovered the new-generation Tucson and revealed all the technical details.
As the teaser pics suggested, the Korean SUV has taken a bold leap with a striking new design and state-of the-art technology.
The new Tucson is the fourth generation of an SUV that has sold over 7 million units worldwide since its 2004 launch, making it the company’s best-selling SUV globally.
The vehicle is a design revolution for the brand, featuring a bigger body than its predecessor and a muscular stance combining sharp angles and dynamic proportions in what Hyundai calls its “Sensuous Sportiness” design identity.
Most prominent are the Parametric hidden daytime running lights, which lurk unseen behind the grille until they’re switched on. Then, the dark chrome appearance of the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes.
Parametric “jewels” also feature as a prominent design element on the side of the vehicle with its chiselled surfaces. At the rear, wide tail lamps with parametric hidden light details continue the design theme, and the rear bumper integrates parametric pattern details with a three-dimensional effect.
Hyundai says the interior was inspired by waterfalls, with twin silver garnish lines streaming from the centre fascia to the rear doors. The broad ridge of the dashboard blends with the doors, wrapping around front occupants like a deep gorge.
State-of-the-art technology and connectivity sees this Tucson becoming the first Hyundai to feature a full touchscreen console that dispenses with physical buttons and knobs, and the 10.25-inch AVN-T screen fills the centre of the vehicle.
High-quality soft-touch materials appear throughout the interior, and ambient mood lighting offers 64 configurable colours. Customers can choose from three interior trims, including one-tone Black in fabric or leather, two-tone Black and Beige in fabric or leather and the Teal colour pack.
Hi-tech features include calendar integration inside the infotainment system, with users able to see their Apple or Google Calendar on the touchscreen.
Hyundai LIVE Services add real-time parking information and fuel station locations including prices, as well as weather information. Destinations or points of interest can also be sent from the app to the in-car navigation system.
Multi-Air Mode technology uses direct and indirect air vents for air conditioning and heating to create a more pleasant indoor environment with more gentle air flow.
At 20mm longer, 15mm wider, and a wheelbase that has been increased by 10mm compared to the previous generation, the new Tucson is more spacious while boot space has been increased up to 620 litres depending on model.
Safety comprises a seven-airbag system which features a new first-row centre side airbag, a feature unique to this segment. This prevents front-row passengers from colliding with one another in the case of a collision.
Dynamic safety includes blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and forward collision-avoidance assist which sounds alarms when a crash becomes imminent with cars, bicycles, or pedestrians ahead. When the driver fails to react and brake in time, the system automatically engages the brakes. The system also works when turning at an intersection.
Semi-autonomous driving features include a Lane Following Assist (LFA) that keeps the vehicle safety centred within the lane, and a smart cruise control function not only keeps a safe following distance, but uses navigation information to automatically slow down for oncoming curves.
A safe exit warning function alerts occupants if there is oncoming traffic when they attempt to step out of the car. A Surround View Monitor shows the driver a 360-degree, three-dimensional view of the vehicle to assist when parking or off-roading.
Two- and all-wheel drive derivatives will be available, and the 4×4 has a new Terrain Mode selector with Mud, Sand and Snow modes.
Customers can choose between two different suspension systems for the new Tucson, with both offering adaptive and conventional dampers for enhanced ride and handling.
A broad range of electrified models include a hybrid version which pairs a 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol turbo engine with an electric motor for a combined power output of 170kW.
There are also 48-volt mild hybrid versions of the 1.6 T-GDI ranging in power from 110kW to 132kW, or a non-hybrid with 110kW.
A 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine will be available with 84kW.
Hyundai SA confirms that the new Tucson will be launched locally next year.