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Hyundai has revealed all-new Tucson compact SUV

Brand’s customers in our market have a reason to wait for this

We like the all-new Tucson from this angle. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

Sixteen years ago, the Hyundai Tucson was nothing but a copycat that tried to mimic the established compact SUVs at the time (read: the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4). After three generations and more than seven million sold units, no one can still accuse this South Korean vehicle of being a second-rate rival to pioneers.

Today, Hyundai officially unveiled the all-new, fourth-generation model of the Tucson. Behold a gorgeous edition that makes its predecessors look old and boring.

The new model can be had with either two wheelbase measurements. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

The new model is available as a short- or a long-wheelbase vehicle, according to Hyundai. These versions have the following exterior dimensions:

SHORT WHEELBASE

  • Length – 4,500mm
  • Width – 1,865mm
  • Height – 1,650mm
  • Wheelbase – 2,680mm

LONG WHEELBASE

  • Length – 4,630mm
  • Width – 1,865mm
  • Height – 1,665mm
  • Wheelbase – 2,755mm

As for the powertrains to be rolled out around the world, Hyundai Philippines has called our attention to the exact list of engines to be made available. We initially quoted the press statement, and it looks like it’s only for South Korea. The entire roster of engines will consist of the following:

GASOLINE

  • 1.6 T-GDi – 178hp/148hp
  • 1.6 T-GDi 48V – 178hp/148hp
  • 2.0 – 154hp
  • 2.5 GDi – 187hp

DIESEL

  • 1.6 VGT – 134hp/113hp
  • 1.6 VGT 48V – 134hp
  • 2.0 VGT – 183hp

ELECTRIFIED

  • 1.6 T-GDi HEV – 227hp
  • 1.6 T-GDi PHEV – 261hp
The rear is not that bad either, we think. PHOTOS FROM HYUNDAI

Hyundai claims that the all-new Tucson boasts a high-tech interior, with features like the Digital Key (which transforms a suitable smartphone into a smart key), a full-touch display (either a 10.25- or an eight-inch unit that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a Bose audio system, car-to-home connectivity, and a ventilation mechanism that’s perfect for our challenging times.

We will not blame you if you now picture yourself behind this wheel. PHOTO FROM HYUNDAI

The manufacturer says the fourth-gen Tucson will be sold in Korea this month as a 2021 model, and in world markets led by the US starting from the first half of next year as a 2022 model. As to when our territory will get this vehicle, well, a number of factors might play a role in it. Let’s hope it’s sooner than later.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 25 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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