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2022 Hyundai Tucson: First Look

  • Hyundai Tucson will be offered as a short- and long-wheelbase model
  • New Tucson is wider and longer, with a coupe-inspired silhouette
  • This SUV will come with a gas engine, or as a hybrid or PHEV
  • Spacious, premium interior has a tech-friendly layout
  • Will go on sale in mid-2021
  • Pricing estimated to start around $25,000

Hyundai has unveiled the all-new global 2022 Tucson compact SUV, and it is dramatically different from the current model. It will go on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2021 as a 2022 model. This new model is bigger and wider than the outgoing Tucson. It sports muscular lines and short overhangs define its coupe-like shape. The new Tucson comes with two different wheelbase lengths, and Hyundai will sell each based on what’s best for each individual market.

These significant changes to the all-new Tucson should make it a tough competitor for the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4.

Totally New Styling

The design of the next-generation Hyundai Tucson is a significant departure from how the current model looks. For 2022, there are angular lines and a muscular stance, with short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The textured grille has faceted elements, which are also applied to the headlight design. There are similar design elements in the rear.

The upcoming Tucson’s all-new look is part of Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, which you can see in the all-new 2021 Elantra. The new 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s lines and angles are also similar to those of Hyundai’s Vision T Concept, which the company showed last year, but the more realistic lines of the Tucson have better proportions, as well as larger rear and side windows for better visibility.

Clean, Modern Interior

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson’s interior has a spacious, airy cabin, with a wraparound design feature that starts at the doors and runs along the dash. The high-touch areas of the interior use soft materials. The center stack is dominated by a vertically stacked 10.25-inch dual touch screen, with no hard buttons to control audio, infotainment, or climate control settings. Also new for the 2022 model are the fully digital gauge cluster and Hyundai’s multi-air ventilation system.

Hyundai’s new ventilation system achieves a few key things: it monitors the cabin’s air quality and purifies the air. It has a display window that shows real-time air pollution through the Tucson’s fine dust detection sensor. The ventilation system uses a combination of direct and indirect ventilation, so you can choose either wind in your face or a subtle, indirect breeze throughout the interior. And finally, the air conditioning system is designed to reduce moisture on the evaporator to reduce that stale, mildewy smell that other cars can get. (The air purification feature won’t be available in all markets.)

The second-row seats will have a “fold-and-dive” feature that’s said to make it easier for you to reconfigure the cabin. In addition, the 2022 Tucson offers a maximum cargo volume of 38.7 cubic feet.

Connectivity

Hyundai continues to place a high priority on connectivity, which starts at the Digital Key. This smartphone app will let you get into and drive the Tucson without the physical key. It uses Near Field Communication to ensure that only an authorized person can use this function.

The interior’s full-touch display, which comes with the Tucson’s top trim level, can be used as a split-screen for multitasking. If you don’t choose the 10.25-inch screen, there’s an 8-inch color touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. In addition, you’ll be able to connect two phones at the same time, and can alternate between each phone’s playlists via Bluetooth without having to disconnect either phone.

If you have smart in-home appliances, people in some markets will be able to take advantage of the Tucson’s new Car-to-home technology to turn on the air conditioning before they get home. You can even use a voice command to heat the Hyundai interior – such as starting the heater and seat and steering wheel warmers – before you get in.

Engine Choices

Here’s more big news for the Hyundai Tucson for 2022: There will be three powertrain options. You’ll be able to choose from a 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter gas 4-cylinder engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, a 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain, or a 1.6-liter plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.

The hybrid powertrain nets a combined output of 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai has not yet released range or power estimates for the PHEV, nor do we know which transmissions the hybrid powertrains will use. The hybrid and PHEV models will have Hyundai’s new E-Handling technology, which is said to improve stability when cornering and enhance steering response.

All-wheel drive will be available, and some international markets will get the option of Mud, Sand, and Snow driving modes. Hyundai has also said that the Tucson N Line will be available at a later date, but has not announced which markets will receive that higher-performance model.

Safety

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will come with the company’s SmartSense safety suite of features. This includes forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and blind-spot collision warning. It also comes with highway driving assist, a surround-view monitor, reverse parking collision avoidance assist – which is especially helpful in busy parking lots – remote smart parking assist, automatic high beams, and a driver attention warning system.

Tucson buyers can also get blind-spot collision avoidance assist with rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, adaptive cruise control, and safe exit warning.

How much will the 2022 Hyundai Tucson cost?

We expect the 2022 Hyundai Tucson to start at just above $25,000. That price that keeps it in line with the prices of the CR-V, RAV4, Rogue, and Forester. Pricing will likely top out above $35,000 — depending on the price of the Hybrid and PHEV – which is also on par with its competitors. The next-generation Tucson will go on sale in mid-2021. Find a Hyundai Tucson for sale

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