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First Look: 2022 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai continues its edgy styling theme, first seen on the latest Elantra sedan, with the latest version of its Tucson compact SUV



The Hyundai Tucson is all-new for 2022 and takes the compact SUV’s styling, technology, and connectivity far beyond where it once was. Its sheet metal is angular and dramatic, and the interior is elegant and straightforward and promises to be the most connected Hyundai interior to date. And for the first time, the Tucson will be available with a choice of gas, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid powertrains.  

Despite the new tech and innovations, we expect the new Tucson to have the same high priority on value that it’s always had. Set to go on-sale in Canada in 2021, the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson should become a serious rival for the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue. 


How Much Will the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Cost? 

While Canadian-market pricing has not been announced, we expect 2022 Hyundai Tucson pricing to be competitive with compact SUV rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Prime, Honda CR-V and CR-V Hybrid, and Nissan Rogue. That means base, front-wheel-drive models starting around $26,000 CDN, all the way up to over $45,000 CDN for the plug-in hybrid trim. 


2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior 

Spacious and airy, Hyundai has kept the Tucson’s 5-passenger interior elegant and stylish, while also making new tech the standout design element. The top trim level will come with a dual-stacked 10.25-inch touchscreen, which serves as the hub for audio, navigation, communication, climate control, and more. It can be reconfigured for multi-tasking. A fully digital gauge cluster is also available. 

If you get the 8-inch screen instead of the double-size 10.25-inch screen, it also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. In addition, you’ll be able to connect two phones simultaneously and alternate between each phone’s playlists via Bluetooth without having to disconnect either phone. Some markets will allow 2022 Hyundai Tucson owners to control smart in-home appliances before you get home or start the seat and steering wheel warmers before you get into the SUV. 

Interior colours will be black or gray themes, with a choice of cloth or leather, with soft materials on high-touch areas. The 2nd-row seats are a “fold and dive” design, making it easier to reconfigure the cabin. With the longer wheelbase, the Tucson is expected to have best-in-class rear-seat legroom. The new Tucson has a cargo volume of 1,096 litres. That’s an increase of almost 200 litres compared to the current generation. 


In addition, Hyundai has a new multi-air ventilation system, which uses a combination of standard air vents and small hidden ports, similar to what you would find in an airplane. This system achieves a few key things: it monitors the cabin’s air quality and purifies the air. It has a display window that shows real-time air pollution through the Tucson’s fine dust detection sensor. The ventilation system uses a combination of direct and indirect ventilation, so you can choose either wind in your face or a subtle, indirect breeze throughout the interior. And finally, the air conditioning system is designed to reduce moisture on the evaporator to reduce that stale, mildewy smell that other cars can get. (The air purification feature won’t be available in all markets.) 


2022 Hyundai Tucson Exterior 

The 2022 Tucson’s all-new look is part of Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language. This new approach debuted first on the all-new 2021 Elantra. The new Tucson lines and angles are similar to those on Hyundai’s Vision T Concept, a compact plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV. While the physical resemblance to the Vision T is undeniable and both vehicles were shown with PHEV technology, the more realistic lines of the Tucson have better proportions and larger rear and side windows for better visibility. 

The new Tucson employs angular lines and a muscular stance, with short overhangs and a long wheelbase. That combination changes this Hyundai’s attitude, giving it a sporty, planted stance. The front is dominated by a textured grille with jewelled, faceted elements and matching LED headlights—design elements unique in the compact SUV segment but look perfectly at home on the Tucson. You can see angled, narrow taillights that echo that design concept in the rear of the Tucson. 

While there will be a short- and long-wheelbase versions of the Tucson sold in other markets, North America is getting the long-wheelbase model only. Compared to the current Tucson, the 2022 model is 14.7 centimetres longer and rides on an 8.6-centimetre-longer wheelbase. 


2022 Hyundai Tucson Engines 

For 2022, the Hyundai Tucson will come with a 190 horsepower and 182 pound-foot of torque 2.5-litre gas engine, a 230 horsepower and 258 pound-foot of torque hybrid powertrain, or a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The hybrid and plug-in will be based around a 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Hyundai hasn’t announced official fuel economy or range estimates for the hybrid models, but the automaker anticipates the regular hybrid will be able to travel about 780 kilometres between fill-ups. 


2022 Hyundai Tucson Standard Features 

We also anticipate that Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of safety features will come standard. This includes forward-collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and blind-spot collision warning. It also comes with highway driving assist, a surround-view monitor, reverse parking collision avoidance assist—which is especially helpful in busy parking lots—remote smart parking assist, automatic high beams, and a driver attention warning system. However, you’ll have to pay extra for adaptive cruise control. 


2022 Hyundai Tucson Options 

Some international markets will also have the option of a high-performance N Line model. All-wheel-drive is also available. While the Tucson comes with Eco, Comfort, Smart, and Sport modes, some markets will come with drive modes that include settings for driving in mud, sand, or snow. 

Hyundai has announced several new Tucson options, including Bose Premier audio, leather seats, heated steering wheel, and seat warmers. Hyundai’s new double-screen 10.25-inch setup with no hard buttons will be an option. 



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