Scheduled for a 2021 unveiling, the automaker’s compact utility vehicle looks nothing like its predecessor and is also considerably larger. The plethora of powertrain choices begins with a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder delivers 180 horses. On the hybrid front, the Tucson’s base system is a turbo 1.6-liter-four-cylinder/electric-motor combo that produces 227 net horsepower. The available plug-in hybrid system increases that output to 261 horsepower and it can also operate on electricity alone for up to 28 miles. The Tucson N performance model, which is slated to arrive soon after launch, is expected with a 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
There’s a dramatically different look for the Tucson and there are two new hybrid powertrain options. PHOTO: HYUNDAI