Hyundai shows first pictures of radical new Tucson, heading to SA in 2021

By Jason Woosey Time of article published Sep 3, 2020

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SEOUL - Hyundai has released the first teaser pics of its all-new Tucson, ahead of its full reveal on September 15, and this is certainly the biggest design leap ever for Hyundai’s midsize SUV nameplate, both inside and out.

However, South African customers will have to wait until the second half of 2021 to get behind the wheel of the new Tucson, according to Hyundai SA, but it should be well worth the wait.

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The 2021 Tucson is longer and wider than its predecessor, featuring a long bonnet and short overhangs on a stretched wheelbase.

Its bold new design is heavily inspired by the Vision T Concept of 2019, and is the embodiment of a design language that Hyundai calls ‘Parametric Dynamics’, which uses lines, angles and shapes to create jewel-like surface details. This is particularly apparent in the front grille, which integrates Parametric Hidden Lights that are only revealed when switched on by the driver.

The interior takes an even bigger leap into the future, with a dashboard and door design that wraps around the front occupants like a deep gorge. The digital instrument cluster is integrated neatly into the dashboard to create a decluttered surface, while the central infotainment panel has a flowing design inspired by waterfalls.

Hyundai isn’t saying much about the technology on board, but promises that “space, technology and information intersect harmoniously” in this cabin.

The powertrain line-up is also under wraps for now, but likely candidates include a 2-litre normally aspirated Atkinson Cycle petrol engine as well as the familiar 1.6 turbopetrol, and some markets will surely see additional hybrid variants too.

Watch this space on September 15 for the full low-down on Hyundai’s upcoming Tucson.

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