Some of the specifications of Hyundai’s 4th generation Tucson have been released. According to the Ministry of Environment, Hyundai Motor have completed emission and noise certification for the new Tucson 1.6 gasoline turbo and 1.6 gasoline turbo hybrid. The new Tucson will be released in August.
The new Tucson will have an improved 2.0 R-Engine CRDi that increases fuel efficiency and improves noise and vibration. The gasoline turbo model is equipped with a SmartStream G1.6 T-GDi engine such as the Sonata Sport. This engine is equipped with a continuously variable valve duration (CVVD), and has a maximum output of 180 horsepower and a maximum torque of 27.0 kgm.
However, unlike Sonata, which combines an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 7-speed DCT transmission is used for the Tucson. The weight is reduced by 20 kg (2WD) and 15 kg (4WD) respectively compared to the current Tucson 1.6 Turbo.
In addition, a hybrid model and a semi-high performance N-Line will be introduced. The hybrid also passed the emission test with the same 1.6 T-GDi as the new Sorento or Santa Fe, the output was 180 hp with unkown electric motor power, but expected to be the same as Santa Fe (230 hp).
The N-Line will have the same maximum output of 290 horsepower and a maximum torque of 43.0 kgm as Sonata N-Line. Looks like with the Sonata, after all Hyundai will finally just made N-Line not N for Tucson.
The new Tucson will use the new 3rd generation platform. The new 3rd generation platform focuses on improving the safety during collision, enhancing driving performance, and reducing the weight as well as a better and lower center of gravity. As the new platform is applied, the body size and wheelbase are expanded compared to the existing Tucson, so now allows the SUV to compete against more rivals that have grown like Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav-4.
The exterior is largely applied to the design elements of the Vision T concept car, such as a grille with a geometric pattern, a hidden signature lamp, an angled side wheel arch, a newly designed wheel, and a rear lamp connected to the left and right. The horizontal bar connected to the rear lamp also lights up, and the turn indicator light comes down to the bumper.
Unlike the traditional SUV interior, the new Tucson interior is changed to wrap around the driver. The basic layout is similar to the Indian strategic SUV Creta. It features a horizontal dashboard with a wide monitor, a four-spoke steering wheel, electronic gear buttons and a slim air vent. The new Tucson is set for August release.