The new Hyundai Tucson offers the most electrified powertrain line-up in the compact SUV segment, including plug-in hybrid, hybrid and 48-volt mild hybrid options.
More details about the plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Tucson with a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine and 265 PS will be revealed closer to the market launch in 2021.
The hybrid version consists of the new 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) Smartstream engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission (6AT) and available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The system has a combined output of 230 PS power.
The 48-volt mild hybrid technology is available with:
• 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 150 PS and two-wheel drive
• 1.6-litre T-GDI Smartstream with 180 PS with optional four-wheel drive
• 1.6-litre CRDi Smartstream with 136 PS with optional four-wheel drive
Hyundai’s new Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) operates purely electronically, and decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator while driving at constant speed, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode. This improves overall fuel efficiency. The driver’s chosen gear remains engaged even with the engine off. The engine restarts in the same gear as soon as the driver presses either the brake or accelerator pedals thanks to the burst of power provided by the Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG). The transmission restarts the engine in neutral (with an open clutch) if the driver pushes the clutch pedal to change gear, or if the vehicle speed is too low for the current engaged gear.
The all-new Tucson has a new Terrain Mode selector, available on the hybrid version with automatic transmission, which utilises Hyundai’s HTRAC four-wheel drive technology. In addition to different drive modes, there are three additional terrain modes – Mud, Sand and Snow.
The Tucson’s front grille features Parametric Hidden Lights; when the lights are off, the front of the vehicle appears covered in dark, geometric patterns, with no distinction between the signature LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), which are integrated into the grille. Thanks to state-of-the-art half-mirror lighting technology, when the DRLs are switched on, the dark chrome appearance of the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes.
The first all-new Tucson models – hybrid, diesel and petrol including 48-volt mild hybrid – will appear in Hyundai’s European showrooms towards the end of this year. The plug-in hybrid version and N Line trim will arrive at the beginning of next year.