The Hyundai Tucson is the brand’s best-selling vehicle on a global basis, which for most automakers would prescribe a play-it-safe redesign strategy. In Hyundai’s case, play-it-safe need not apply. The brand took the virtual cover off the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson in Korea today, showcasing a radical new design direction for the crossover.
Globally the new Tucson will be offered in two wheelbases, but the U.S. market will only gain access to the longer variant of the compact crossover. Both iterations, though, sport Hyundai’s new design direction that the company is interestingly calling Sensuous Sportiness. Odd name aside, there’s a whole lot going on with this exterior design.
The sheetmetal is stamped with tons of lines, to the point the sideview presents almost a geometric shape to it. It’s a similar feel up front, where a new jewel-like grille design houses some of the lighting elements; noted from a recent teaser image Hyundai released. Around back the lighting is equally interesting, with a wraparound horizontal light pipe that features two vertical elements as brake lights.
Tucson’s radical redesign theme continues inside, where Hyundai has almost gone in the opposite design direction from the exterior. Whereas the exterior is busy and keeps the eye constantly moving, this interior is very simple with a dual-cockpit layout and large touchscreen acting as the centerpiece. Additionally, a singular 10.25-inch screen acts as the gauge cluster display, which is oddly unhooded.
There appears to be ample storage space in this interior thanks to the clean design, with storage areas under the touchscreen and under the center console. Hyundai also says the new Tucson will boast 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, putting it on-par with the rest of the segment.
Housed within the interior is the latest version of Hyundai’s Multi-Command infotainment system, which will feature natural voice recognition. This iteration will also feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, while driver’s will also have the ability to use said smartphone as a key thanks to Hyundai Digital Key.
The 2022 Tucson will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four with direct injection that will be good for 190 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque that will connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai is also confirming hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants that will be powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four with overall power output at 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; details of the hybridized versions were not disclosed.
Expect additional details on the 2022 Hyundai Tucson to be released sometime in the coming months as it nears its 2021 market launch.