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First Look 2022 Hyundai Tucson

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson debuts edgy styling plus new electrified versions to better compete in the competitive compact SUV class.

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Now in its 4th-generation, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson is all-new and takes this 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, gas-electric hybrid, or gas-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. Despite the new tech and innovations, we expect the Tucson to have the same high priority on value that it’s always had. With a new attitude and an impressive list of new features, the all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson becomes a more serious rival for the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. 

 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Powertrains 

 

For 2022, the Tucson’s base powertrain will be a 2.5-litre gas engine producing 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive will be optional. Both the new hybrid (227 horsepower/258 pound-feet of torque) and PHEV (261 horsepower/258 pound-feet of torque) versions will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and use a 6-speed automatic transmission. 

Hyundai hasn’t announced official fuel economy or range estimates for the electrified models. Still, the automaker anticipates the regular hybrid will travel up to 800 kilometres before needing to refuel. Arriving later in 2022, the Tucson PHEV has a 90-horsepower electric motor, a 13.8-kilowatt battery and an all-electric driving range of 47 kilometres. 

 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Exterior 

 

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 version of the Tucson sold worldwide, North America is getting the long-wheelbase model. Compared to the outgoing Tucson, the 2022 model is 14.7 centimetres longer and rides on an 8.6-centimetre-longer wheelbase. 

 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior 

 

Spacious and airy, Hyundai has kept the 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. 

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 a jumbo jet. 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. 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.) 

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 the best-in-class rear-seat legroom. The Tucson has a cargo volume of 1,096 litres, increasing almost 200 litres compared to the 2021 model. Note that the Tucson PHEV cuts the cargo capacity behind the split-folding rear seats down to 903 litres due to its battery pack. 

 

2022 Hyundai Tucson Standard Features 

 

The base interior will use cloth seats and Hyundai’s 8-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will come standard. 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. 

 

How Much Will the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Cost? 

 

When it arrives in Hyundai Canada in Spring 2021, we expect the 2022 Hyundai Tucson pricing to remain similar to the current 2021 models. That means starting around $27,000 CDN and topping out closer to $40,000 CDN for the gas engine trims. In other words, competitive with the segment. The all-new hybrid and PHEV Tucson trims should be competitively-priced with the $32,490 CDN RAV4 Hybrid and yet-to-be-priced RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid. 

 
 

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