The comprehensively overhauled fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson will go on sale on 7 January and Hyundai has released pricing and specification details for the launch models.
Four powertrains are available initially, each based around the brand's 1.6-litre Smartstream turbocharged petrol engine: a 148bhp entry-level option with or without 48V mild-hybrid functionality, a more potent 178bhp mild hybrid and a full hybrid with 227bhp. Depending on the engine specified, buyers will have a choice of two six-speed manual gearboxes, a six-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit, with four-wheel drive available on certain variants.
Hyundai describes each of the three initial trim packages as "high specification". Prices start at £28,495 for entry-level SE Connect trim, which is available with a choice of non-electrified, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid powertrains and comes equipped with 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, a leather steering wheel, dual-zone air conditioning, a rear-view camera and a "comprehensive" driver aid offering.
Mid-range Premium trim bumps the price to £30,195 and adds larger wheels, LED headlights, ambient interior lighting and keyless entry. The top-rung Ultimate car - from £32,895 - gets the 178bhp mild-hybrid engine option and a raft of extra interior kit, including heated rear seats, three-zone climate control and a panoramic sunroof.
A performance-inspired N-Line version has been previewed and is set to touch down early next year, with styling cues lifted from Hyundai's i20 N and i30 N hot hatchbacks, at around the same time as the Tucson gains a new plug-in hybrid option with an electric-only range of more than 31 miles.
No technical details have been provided for the Tucson N-Line, but it is expected to be available with the higher-end engine options. It's possible that Hyundai will revised the spring and damper rates for a sportier feel, too.
It's also unclear whether the N-Line model serves as a preview for a range-topping N performance variant coming later on. Hyundai describes N-Line as "an entry level to the N high-performance brand" and a hot Tucson has been rumoured for a few years.
The latest Tucson features a bold new front grille with what Hyundai calls Parametric Hidden Lights built in. Effectively, the LED headlights and “jewel-like” running lights are integrated into the sides of the grille and can’t be distinguished from it when turned off. The grille features 3D parametric graphics, which are used as highlights elsewhere on the car.
Side on, the angular theme continues, while at the back, the window wiper is hidden in the roof-mounted spoiler – a first for Hyundai – with the brand’s logo set into the bottom of the rear windscreen.