Here’s our first full look at the fourth generation of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV—angry isn’t it? Bit of a looker, though, and there are definite Mercedes-Benz EQC vibes going on.
This latest Tucson is actually the first Hyundai SUV that’s been designed under the firm’s interestingly named ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ identity, and the grille bears many similarities to that of the US market’s Elantra. Apparently, those sharp shapes are parametric jewels, and Hyundai is at pains to point out the parametric jewel daytime running lights, the parametric rear light details, and the parametric jewels on the rear bumper. Anyone else sensing a theme here?
The side profile is remarkably muscular, and the whole car is 20mm longer and 15mm wider than the previous generation. There’ll also be the choice of 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels.
The inside has apparently been inspired by a waterfall. Not to the extent that it’s filled with a load of screw-loose folk hoping to jump over the dashboard in a barrel, but we see what Hyundai’s group manager of interior design Nico Munkler is saying. There are some nice layers there with the hoodless instrument cluster dropped below the main dash, and that silver line draws the eye into the 10.25-inch central screen. Lower trim levels will apparently get an eight-inch screen at the middle of it all, but there’ll be three choices of interior trim color whichever spec you go for.
There’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too, as well as wireless phone charging and 64 colors of ambient mood lighting. That should keep the kids amused for around 45 seconds.
And so, to the engines. In terms of old-school combustion, there’ll be a 148hp 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline with a six-speed manual and the choice of two- or four-wheel drive, as well as a 1.6-liter diesel with two-wheel drive and the same gearbox.
The real talking point is—as is often the case these days—hybridization. That’s because Hyundai is offering three different variants of 48V mild-hybrid (one of which will be a diesel, while the other two get 1.6-liter turbopetrols with different power outputs), a full hybrid with 227hp, and a plug-in hybrid that’ll be available at the beginning of next year.
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of the new Tucson?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.