The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will make a big statement in the premium SUV segment

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale from August 10 in India and is a radical departure from the outgoing model

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is gearing up to launch the next-generation Tucson in the domestic market on August 10 and it was unveiled a few weeks ago. We believe it has the potential to disrupt the segment by getting a completely redesigned exterior with a more modern interior and a long list of new features and technologies to appeal to different customer groups.

The fourth-generation global Tucson made its world premiere at the end of 2020 and it took nearly two years for Hyundai to bring the safest SUV in the segment to India after its good reception in international markets. It will compete against Jeep Compass, VW Tiguan, Skoda Kodiaq and Citroen C5 Aircross, and to meet the demands of Indian consumers, the long wheelbase model has been given tasks.

It follows the latest Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy which is being adapted by the facelifted Venue and the same language will also be found in the forthcoming Creta facelift and the next generation Verna – both bound for 2023. Design is one of the main points strengths of the next premium SUV and it looks futuristic from every angle.

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The exterior features a parametric Jewel pattern grille with seamless lighting system integration. The front fascia also features an LED headlight unit positioned in a triangular-shaped housing on the bumper while the aggressive hood structure, larger air intake, sleek body panels, square wheels, a large greenhouse with a sloping roofline and short overhangs, integrated spoiler, blacked-out pillars, 18-inch alloy wheels, etc. add to the visual appeal.

The rear features full-width LED taillights connecting the T-shaped light unit, a sculpted trunk, a redesigned rear bumper, a Hyundai badge placed on the lower section of the bumper and a windshield wiper. Cleverly hidden ice cream are also available. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson offers an aggressive road presence that most buyers are looking for in the segment and it won’t just be the main selling point, as the cabin is also loaded to the gills.

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The all-new interior features a dual-screen layout, the latest BlueLink connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, EPB ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, multiple airbags and a panoramic sunroof. The two-tone cabin gives a more upscale appeal and just like the exterior, it’s a radical departure from the outgoing model. The new dashboard and center console have also been carefully fitted out.

The use of premium materials and new seat upholstery add to the plush character of the SUV. The larger overall proportions have made the cabin more practical with improved space and this will be one of the key factors for family buyers to opt for this particular SUV. The new Tucson will be available in five variants in total: Platinum Petrol AT, Signature Petrol AT, Platinum Diesel AT, Signature Diesel AT and Signature Diesel AT 4WD.

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Other interior highlights are the leatherette seat with recline function for the second row, height-adjustable front seats, 60:40 split rear seats, 64-color ambient lighting, dual automatic air conditioning zones, rear air vents, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, EPB, cruise control driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart), a 360-degree camera system, an audio system Eight-speaker Bose, welcome car commands via Alexa and Google Voice Assistant, remote engine start/stop, seat ventilation, TPMS, real-time vehicle tracking, voice assistance and smartwatch connectivity.

Is that what you think? The next-generation Tucson is packed with safety and assistive technology to the brim. It has six airbags, hill start assist, downhill brake control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, ABS and EBD. The Hyundai Smart Sense suite enables ADAS-based technologies like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision assist, rear cross-traffic assist, and more.

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The crossover becomes the brand’s first model in the domestic range to benefit from ADAS technologies. It will continue to use the 2.0 liter gasoline engine and 2.0 liter diesel engines with six-speed AT and eight-speed AT respectively. The former produces a maximum power of 156 bhp at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm.

The latter develops 186 hp at 4,000 rpm and 416 Nm at 2,000-2,750 rpm. The all-wheel drive system includes multi-terrain modes namely snow, mud and sand. With attractive features and modern technologies loaded, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will make a splash in the highly competitive segment against its rivals and it will have the handling and comfort to back things up with the impressive ADAS-based technologies.

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