The base engine for the 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder producing 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, which will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel-drive. A hybrid model will also be available early on, which will pair a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with a small electric motor and CVT. This model will be good for 226 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A plug-in hybrid will be available eventually as well, however the Korean automaker did have many details on the PHEV at this time.
Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system will also be offered on the 2022 Tucson. The all-wheel-drive system will now come with configurable traction control modes for Mud, Sand and Snow, which join specific drive modes for Eco, Comfort, Smart and Sport. A long list of active safety features will be available on the compact crossover, too, including Hyundai’s semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist system with pedestrian detection, Remote Smart Parking, Advanced Smart Cruise Control and many, many more.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will look to attract new buyers to the brand with its contemporary styling. The crossover incorporates a new “parametric” front grille, as Hyundai calls it, which is embedded with LED daytime running lights that are invisible when not fully illuminated. These seamlessly integrate the DRLs into the front end, making the vehicle appear as if it has no headlights at all when they are turned off. The automaker says the design theme continues with the full-width rear lightbar out back, which incorporates “half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit.”
The interior of the crossover is described as “high-tech, fresh and exciting,” with a vertically integrated dual-screen infotainment system sitting front and center. This infotainment array comprises two 10.25-inch digital display screens and will come with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard Tucson models will come with an eight-inch single color touchscreen display, which will also come standard with CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems also support the Hyundai Digital Key app, allowing the driver to use their smartphone to unlock and start the vehicle.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale in Korea in September as a 2021 model. In the U.S., the crossover will go on sale in the first-half of 2021 and will initially be marketed as a 2022 model year vehicle. With Hyundai having sold more than 7 million Tucson models to date. General Motors will be keeping a close eye on the consumer reaction to this latest model when developing the next-generation Equinox and Terrain.