While Hyundai will offer short- and long-wheelbase models, the US market will only offer the longer version.
In the United States, the new Hyundai Tucson will be available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 187 hp and 182 lb-ft (247 Nm) of torque while mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined with the hybrid system, output rises to 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The familiar arrangement of front- and all-wheel-drive looks set to carry over as well, sticking with their respective powerplants.
This cladding can be traced around the body, with the flanks of the auto being awash with sharp contour and character lines, including one which starts from the front door and runs all the way around the rear of the vehicle to serve as the main feature line of the tailgate.
As usual for the Hyundai Motor Group, all Australia-bound Tucsons will ride on a bespoke suspension tune exclusively tailored to our roads while the N-Line will follow previous nameplate form and feature a more sports-oriented set-up.
At the front, the look is dominated by angles and contour lines with the star attraction being the new daytime running lights, integrated seamlessly into the new "parametric" grille. Completing the design overhaul is a radical new rear-end that includes split taillights, hidden rear wipers that sit under the spoiler, a smooth glass Hyundai badge, and an aggressive diffuser and bumper package. According to a recent report surfaced on the inter web, the upcoming Tucson will be offered in N Line and performance-based N variants. The dash features a hoodless digital instrument cluster and a standard 8.0-inch center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Drivers will be able to use their smartphone as a key and control some functions remotely, like unlocking the doors and starting the engine to pre-condition the interior. On top-flight trim levels, a Bose Premium audio system provides high-quality sound.
Some of the technology features that show up in the Tucson seem uncannily appropriate as we write this from forest-fire-choked air quality-such as the climate control's ability to monitor air quality and purify the air to suit. A car-to-home feature will also allow owners to control smart home appliances from the vehicle. The feature, which Hyundai previewed a year ago, has its own laser-based fine-dust sensor, and is the first model on the market, according to Hyundai, to have a complementary technology aimed at reducing moisture-and thus odors-from the air-conditioning evaporator.
The three-passenger rear seat moves forward and back to balance passenger comfort with cargo capacity, which tops out at 38.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Also available will be blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and an exit warning system.
Now in its fourth-generation, the Hyundai Tucson is the latest recipient of the automaker's ever-evolving Sensuous Sportiness design language. Look for that information closer to launch.