The Hyundai Tucson is a key component in the automaker’s success, especially as it is the best-selling crossover (and second-best-selling vehicle in general) that the company sells in the United States. That’s why we’re more than a little surprised to see Hyundai take such enormous risks with the redesign of the 2022 Tucson, which boasts a sharp new design that lifts the knife edge of the Elantra 2021 to a new level.
The new Tucson’s progress is not limited to styling and design either. Like its compact sedan sibling, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson also comes in both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variant for the first time in the US, adding power without sacrificing efficiency. What’s more, an N Line trim will spread to Tucson sometime in the future and join the upcoming Sonata and Elantra ̵
2022 Hyundai Tucson Design: sharply chic
There will be no confusing Tucson 2022 with its predecessor thanks to company-supplied descriptors such as “parametric dynamics” and “kinetic jewel surface details.” Regardless of the wording, the front grille receives an unusual triangular structure that is mirrored from right to left and takes a clear inspiration from Elantra and Sonata. But unlike sedans, Tucson’s headlights are integrated into the grille opening using LED elements camouflaged at the front end when not lit up. Hyundai does not have pictures of the vehicle with the light off, but we think it should look quite aggressive when parked.
The side profile betrays clear Elantra intentions with irregular rhombuses and triangular shapes spiced throughout. There is also plenty of positive and negative space with bulging front and rear fenders and a long, jagged character line that protrudes beyond the inserted lower doors. The angled wheel arches and tilt panel are shown in crossover-chic black plastic, all notches and folds. Meanwhile, the long and relatively flat roof is finished in contrasting black with a curved piece of chrome trim that makes Tucson look lower and more fuzzy than it actually is.
Most prominent at Tucson’s backyard in 2022 is a set of leaf-like taillights that might as well have been inspired by a yard plow. Suspended from a full-width LED beam, the headlights are further broken down by small, triangular elements that disappear when not illuminated. The lower rear bumper trim gets a unique diamond texture that is apparently hidden behind a faux rear sliding plate. Hyundai cleared the look of the 2022 Tucson by hiding the rear window wiper under the roof spoiler and controversially moving the brand’s oval H emblem up to the window glass.
Conventionally attractive, the new Tucson is not, but its presence is not denied. Hyundai says the design underscores the distinctive identity of the SUV in a crowded segment, and this logic cannot be denied – no one will confuse this to anything other than a Tucson.
What’s more, the little crossover also stands out from other Hyundai models. It shares some design themes with Elantra, but the avant-garde Tucson does not look like the graceful Palisade and Santa Fe or the spunky Kona and Venue. To be honest, we’re really digging into the bold, parallel universe styling of the 2022 Tucson.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior: Modern Digs
The interior of the 2022 Tucson takes a slightly less aggressive tackle, though it’s still clearly a modern Hyundai. The driver sits behind a handlebar-shaped steering wheel, not unlike the Sonata, and two strips of silver cladding surround both the driver and the front passenger compartment, giving the cabin a dual-cockpit look. A flat dashboard sits on top of a lower dash that curves down and away from the passengers, looks airy and open, and probably alleviates claustrophobia; we will have to sit in it to confirm that impression.
Tucson is also being significantly modernized using a digital instrument cluster protruding from the dashboard instead of resting in a hooded binnacle. Another gee-whiz feature is an available dual-screen infotainment system that offers a 10.3-inch screen stacked on top of a climate control panel with absolutely no physical buttons. The standard infotainment system is an 8.0-inch screen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and Bluetooth connectivity with two devices.
Consider us skeptical of the upgraded flat screen setup because capacitive touch controls are more distracting and harder to use while driving than conventional knobs and switches. Nevertheless, the digital instrument cluster and screen-heavy center stack give the SUV’s new interior an attractive, modern look.
Other interior improvements include car-to-home communications that can control smart appliances and lights while on the go, e.g. Is useful when returning home on a dark night or a humid summer day. Also new for 2022 is an available air quality monitoring system that keeps track of external pollution levels using a fine dust sensor. It also tracks interior air quality and cleans the cabin as needed, while a lower humidity evaporator helps keep HVAC interiors odorless. Hyundai has not specifically confirmed whether the car-to-home and air purification features will come to the US, but we think they will.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Engines: Optional
The standard engine in the 2022 Tucson will be Hyundai’s 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, delivering an estimated 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 260 newton-meters (182 pounds-feet). An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the directly injected base motor.
However, a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid will pack a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with an unspecified electric driveline, giving the electrified SUV an estimated 230 hp (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). That’s a bit more than the 192 ponies found in the Sonata Hybrid or 139 of the Elantra Hybrid, which should give Tucson a bit of expressive performance. It’s not clear which gearbox the hybrid transition will use, but the six-speed automatic (as on the Sonata) is a decent effort. It also offers a Tucson plug-in hybrid that uses the same turbo four by 2022, where range and battery specifications are still unknown.
Predictably, the Tucson gets both front-wheel drive and HTRAC four-wheel drive, and the latter has reportedly been improved with several modes of driving in some markets. Based on the outgoing Tucson’s Eco, Comfort, Smart and Sport settings, the 2022 model adds mud, sand and snow. The extended drive selector has not been confirmed for the US, but it would be a surprise not to see it appear on the list as Tucson was important to US dealers.
Also coming to the new SUV is an expanded list of driving assistance and active safety features. It is not yet clear what will be standard or optional, but frontal collision monitoring and prevention with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and Hyundai Highway Driving Assist will be available on the Tucson 2022. As the outgoing model offers frontal collision technology as a opportunity, we expect the new one to make it standard.
2022 Hyundai Tucson Specs: The Nitty Gritty
The 2022 SUV is only a few notches on the ruler larger than its predecessor in each metric. The new Tucson measures 105.5 inches between the axles and only improves the old Tuc’s 105.1-inch wheelbase only marginally. Ditto the new model’s 177.2-inch overall length, up 0.8-inches compared to the 2021 Tucson. And an increase of 0.6 inches in width brings the 2022 Tucson to 73.4 inches. A height of 65.0 inches is the smallest climb, just 0.2 inches above its predecessor. Despite minor dimensional increases, the interior space rises quite a bit. Hyundai only coupled to cargo volume specifications, but the 2022 model boasts 38.7 cubic feet, up 7.7 compared to 2021 (and up nearly four cubes above the larger Santa Fe crossover).
For sale in the first half of next year as a 2022 model, the Hyundai Tucson should cost a little more than the current SUV. For the only drive unit for gas, expect a base price of approx. $ 24,000, with top-rated models requiring $ 33,000 or so. HTRAC four-wheel drive should add around $ 1,500. Meanwhile, the Tucson hybrid should range between $ 27,000 and $ 35,000, depending on the trim (add an additional $ 1,500 if you want four-wheel drive).
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