CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Hyundai’s all-new fourth-generation Tucson sport utility vehicle has arrived in South Africa with, the company says, ”a revolutionary and ambitious new look that follows its established design identity.
Get comfortable, it’s a long read…
”Large, spacious, luxurious, and a superior drive,” is how the local arm of the international automaker describes it. Here are all the details…
Hyundai describes its new baby as ”not only an evolution – a real revolution”.
The Tucson, launched 16 years ago , quickly become the brand’s best-selling SUV (seven million globally) but even then it was a flagship that brilliantly secured the Korean brand a secure foothold on Africa and sales blossomed.
Stanley Anderson, long-serving and genial SA sales/operations manager, told The Corner: “We’ve had significant success with Tucson – it soon became the mainstay of our range – and we believe this evolution will take further steps forward in design, build, and ride.”
SO, WHAT ARE THE CHANGES?
Hyundai sees its new Tucson as ”a design revolution”. Anderson again: ”It’s longer and wider than its predecessor but doesn’t compromise the model’s rugged sport-utility heritage.”
SangYup Lee, senior vice-president and head of Hyundai’s Global Design Centre, explained: “The latest Tucson’s advanced, design is true to the models’ pioneering spirit and raises the game in the industry’s most competitive segment.”
Prominent geometric patterns – “parametric jewels” in Hyundai-speak – have been used all over the ’22 Tucson. ”The most prominent,” The Corner was told, ”decorate the grille. With the diode running lights off the Tucson’s nose appears to be covered in dark patterns.
”DRLs on and the grille transforms into jewel-like shapes with no distinction from the DRLs.”
Similar ”jewels” also feature along the vehicle’s flanks to suggest forward motion even when parked. The tail-lights and rear bumper carry similar features.
Seven body colours will be available: shades of silver, bronze, black, white, cream, crimson and deep blue.
LET’S CLIMB INSIDE…
BEING USED FOR THE first time is ‘Multi-Air Mode’ tech, described as ”a combination of direct and indirect vents for aircon and heating but with a gentle airflow” but one with (if activated) no detectable airflow to affect occupants. The front seats are heatable.
But back to the outside… this Tucson is 150mm longer, 15mm wider and has an 85mm longer wheelbase – some extra space for rear passengers. Cargo space has been increased to 539 litres with rear seats up, 1860 litres seats folded. And the third row seat-backs can be folded 60:40.
What Hyundai describes as ”segment-leading” technology supplies ”a customisable digital experience” and an audio-visual satnav touchscreen that fills the centre of the fascia but has zero knobs and buttons and also controls cabin heating and ventilation.
The Premium model adds cloth upholstery, the Executive and Elite seats are clad with faux-leather.
WILL YOU BE SITTING COMFORTABLY…
The all-new Tucson is equipped with a range of comfort features, including Multi-Air Mode, three-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats, and ventilated front seats for the Executive and Elite derivatives.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cell phone connectivity, a standard feature across the range, allows customers to mirror the functionality of their Apple and Android smartphones in a simplified and convenient manner. This feature is available wirelessly with the 8-inch Display Audio.
Other infotainment and connectivity features on the all-new Tucson include a premium sound system for an enhanced listening experience, a wireless charging pad in the centre console, and front and rear USB ports for even more convenience, particularly on long journeys.
The Elite variants are equipped with a panoramic glass sun roof.
…AND SURROUNDED BY SAFETY FEATURES?
With advanced driver-assistance systems and a wide-ranging active safety package, the all-new Tucson delivers even more peace of mind for Hyundai customers.
The new Tucson is fitted with a six-airbag system: front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and curtain airbags which also offers protection for rear occupants. The outer seats on the rear bench have ISOFIX latching points for fitment of child protection seats.
Crash avoidance and driving assistance features are everywhere: Let’s start with Executive units which have:
Blind-spot Collision Warning monitors ignite alerts in the external mirrors and Rear Cross-traffic Alert will reduce the odds of a collision with cross-traffic if reversing from a narrow street.
ELITE DERIVATIVES USE…
- Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): uses rear radars to monitor rear corners. If another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. Where necessary, BCA emits an audible warning and applies differential braking;
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): this autonomous braking function can detect cars, pedestrians and cyclists;
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the vehicle if necessary.
- Lane Follow Assist (LFA): automatically adjusts the steering to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane;
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC): this regulates vehicle speed and maintains the distance to other vehicles in front;
- Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA): applies the brakes while reversing if a rear collision from a passing vehicle is detected;
- Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCA);
- Fatigue Detection/Driver Attention Warning (DAW) is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents; and
- High Beam Assist (HBA): a system that automatically adjusts the headlamp range (switches between high beam and low beam) according to the brightness of other vehicles and road conditions.
HOW THE HYUNDAI WILL MOVE YOU
TWO four-cylinder engines a two-litre petrol and a two-litre turbodiesel, the first spinning a six-speed autobox Premium, Executive and one of the Elites, the other the Smartstream D with an eight-speed transmission.
Power? The petrol engine 115kW/192Nm, the turbodiesel 137kW/416 Nm with in the same order consumption of 8.9l/100km and 7/9l/100 km, all models with front-wheel drive with four modes: Eco, Smart, Normal, Sport.
HOW’S THE BOUNCE FACTOR?
Durability and dynamic testing was done on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and thousands of km on ordinary roads in winter in Sweden and summer the south of Spain.
Hyundai has developed a variety of tyre choices to wrap three aerodynamic wheel-rim choices: 17″ alloy for the Premium; 18” alloy for the Executive, and 19” alloy for the Elite.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 NU Premium – R519 900
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 NU Executive – R569 900
Hyunda Tucson NU Elite – R634 900
Hyundai Tucson R2.0 Elite Turbodiesel – R699 900
Each Tucson will be delivered with a seven-year or 200 000km (wcf) manufacturer’s warranty, a six-year or 90 000km (wcf) service plan, and seven years or 150 000km (wcf) roadside assistance.