Hyundai pulled the wraps off its latest iteration of the Tucson compact crossover SUV at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Apart from subtle exterior changes, the Korean brand says it will come with a refreshed interior, updated technology, and advanced safety features.
At first glance, it’s easy to see that the Tucson still does have the same silhouette as the outgoing model. But with a closer look, changes can be spotted around its exterior such as the new Hyundai signature cascading grille and a sharper daytime running lights (DRL) design, as well as a slightly different front and rear layout.
From a design perspective, onlookers will recognize a generational harmony between Hyundai’s new 2019 Santa Fe and the refreshed Tucson.
The new Tucson will also have sets of wheels for customers to choose from, such as a new 18-inch alloy wheels for the SEL variant, while the remaining trims get a refreshed 17- or 19-inch wheels.
Under the hood, this compact crossover SUV will have two engine options. It can come with either a 2.0L direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 164 hp and 205 Nm of torque or a 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 181 hp and 238 Nm of torque. Just a few horses more powerful than the outgoing model and, sadly, it does look like these will be gasoline engines.
Hyundai says that these mills will be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will include a SHIFTRONIC manual shifting mode and an overdrive lock-up torque converter to produce better fuel economy at high speeds.
Inside, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson will have a new center stack layout that now separates the head unit, air conditioning vents, and climate controls. Speaking of its head unit, it’s now a seven-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compared to the 3.8-inch mono LCD screen available in the current model.
This compact crossover SUV will also come equipped with the brand’s Blue Link car connectivity app for three years. This allows future Tucson owners to enjoy remote engine start, adjust the air conditioning system, lock/unlock the doors, in-car maintenance scheduling, and more with a tap of the finger.
Apart from that, the 2019 Tucson offers advanced technology in its safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), pedestrian detection, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and rain-sensing wipers. In addition, it comes with smart cruise control with stop-and-go function perfect for highway driving and a surround view monitor to make it easier to navigate in tight spaces.
Will we see the 2019 Hyundai Tucson at the upcoming Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) this week? It could be a long shot as it was just launched internationally a few days ago but with the Korean brand teasing the Kona, fans could be surprised one way or the other.
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