Author: Manish Kharinta
South Korean automaker Hyundai is pursuing its electrification strategy with extreme zeal. The company recently unveiled its next eco-centric range which will hit the market in 2022.
With the popularity of crossovers and SUVs at an all time high, it’s no surprise that most upcoming Hyundai models sport lofty body styles. Tucson’s sales have grown by around 250% since 2014, so it’s an important vehicle in the company’s lineup.
Now the company has confirmed that its Tucson 2022 SUV will offer buyers three options, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), a conventional hybrid and an internal combustion engine model.
The Hyundai Tucson PHEV will be powered by a 13.8 kWh battery, which the company says will deliver 70 MPGe fuel economy. Customers can recharge their depleted batteries to full capacity in under 2 hours using the Tucson’s 7.2kW on-board charger.
Hyundai also confirmed that plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid versions of the new Tucson will come standard with the company’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
Traditional 4WD systems were intended for off-road conditions and generally not very fuel efficient. But let’s face it, consumers are unlikely to do much off-roading in their Tuscons. Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system is designed to combine the capabilities of a 4-wheel drive system with the performance and full efficiency of front-wheel drive for everyday driving.
The transmission of the Tucson PHEV 2022 will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine producing 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of maximum torque.
The four-cylinder engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and 66.9 kW electric motor that produces 224 lb-ft of maximum torque, resulting in a total combined power of 261 horsepower.
The electric motor is associated with the transmission and helps to improve the overall performance of the SUV. The Tucson PHEV will also benefit from a battery-only drive mode and offer a purely electric driving range of 28 miles.
The upcoming Hyundai Tucson will feature interior and exterior updates.
Hyundai used its next-gen design language to style the all-new Tucson, and as a result, the front of the SUV is dominated by a large grille that houses a multi-module LED lighting cluster. The side profile of the SUV displays flared fenders that have been sculpted into a geometric design.
Like many modern electrified offerings, the rear of the Tucson 2022 receives a large LED light bar that spans the full width of the tailgate.
Inside the cabin, we see that the Tucson’s dashboard is dominated by a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Hyundai also offers a panoramic glass sunroof and the company’s all-new ventilation technology that disperses the air more gently.
The Hyundai Tucson is one of the company’s most popular nameplates in the United States. The company says it will launch Tucson’s new PHEV models in the summer of 2021. The gasoline version will arrive a bit earlier, at U.S. Hyundai dealerships in the spring. from 2021.