2022 HYUNDAI TUCSON

The first variants of the all-new range of Hyundai Tucsons have arrived in Australia, with others to follow in several stages later in the year.

Its new style features a huge grille, a long bonnet, aggressive side curves with large guards, short overhangs and deeply inset doors. It certainly stands out from the crowd, making others in the class look rather mundane in their shape.

New Tucson sits on a longer wheelbase than the model it supersedes and has more cabin space as a result. We are yet to drive a new Hyundai Tucson, but will comment on this when we do so.

The range-opening Hyundai Tucson has an eight-inch multimedia unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch supervision cluster, power folding automatic side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Tucson Elite adds a 10.25-inch navigation multimedia unit, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a powered adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, Smart Key with pushbutton start, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The flagship Tucson Highlander features a BOSE Premium Audio,10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Also has a memory driver’s seat, an eight-way powered passenger seat LED cabin lights, ambient mood lighting, and smart power tailgate.

Three powertrains are offered. A 2.0-litre petrol with six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive is available in all variants.

Elite and Highlander add a choice of a 1.6 turbo-petrol with seven-speed DCT and all-wheel drive, or a 2.0 turbo-diesel with eight-speed automatic and AWD. Both have pushbutton gear selection and shift paddles.

The range-opening Hyundai Tucson has an eight-inch multimedia unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch supervision cluster, power folding automatic side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing headlights and LED DRLs.

The 2022 Tucson Elite adds a 10.25-inch navigation multimedia unit, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a powered adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, Smart Key with pushbutton start, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The flagship Tucson Highlander features a futuristic, unshrouded 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display, a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

There is also a memory driver’s seat, an eight-way powered passenger seat, BOSE Premium Audio, LED cabin lights and ambient mood lighting, and smart power tailgate.

An optional N Line pack offered from the range-opening Tucson up introduces sports-inspired styling, 19-inch alloy wheels, and LED front and rear lighting, as well as the 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display and leather and suede upholstery.

SAFETY
Standard in every 2022 Tucson is a seven-airbag system that includes a front centre side airbag.

All 2022 Tucsons have an advanced SmartSense suite including:
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
Lane Keeping Assist
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (car, pedestrian and cyclist) with Junction Turning function
Intelligent Speed Limit Assist
Rear Parking Distance Warning
Leading Vehicle Departure Alert
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
Rear Occupant Alert (So you don’t leave the children behind by mistake)
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Rear View Monitor

Additional SmartSense features in Tucson Elite are advanced Rear Occupant Alert and front Parking Distance Warning. The Highlander adds Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, 360-degree Surround View Monitor and a Blind-Spot View Monitor.

“Since its introduction in 2004, Tucson has established itself as an SUV with broad family appeal, selling more than 220,000 units in Australia,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.

“Now in its fourth generation, all-new Tucson’s futuristic styling, segment-leading active safety, convenience and comfort technologies, and enticing N Line pack make it a uniquely appealing medium SUV,” he said.

MODEL RANGE
Tucson 2.0 MPi FWD: $34,500
Tucson Elite 2.0 MPi AWD: $39,000
Tucson 2.0 MPi AWD: $46,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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