By on June 5, 2018

Those Europeans seem like a scared lot. Always trying to appease their domineering rulers’ demands for greener cars, all thanks to strict mandates handed down from the central powers in Belgium.

While we’re hardly that different over here (minus that whole “union of member states” thing), Europe’s push for fuel efficiency generates technological ripples that reach this side of the Atlantic. Eventually, anyway. For the 2019 model year, European customers gain a 48-volt mild hybrid option for the refreshed Hyundai Tucson, heralding a similar setup that’s expected to land in American showrooms before too long.

Right now, Hyundai’s letting its European division handle all of this mild hybrid stuff, as it’s initially only destined for diesel powerplants. That probably won’t remain the case, as the automaker plans to develop gasoline mild hybrids with far greater market appeal.

Everything’s on the table when it comes to Hyundai’s plan to conquer America… again. There’s a 2.2-liter diesel coming to the redesigned Santa Fe. The subcompact Kona’s getting an all-electric variant. Already, there’s three flavors of electrification available in the Ioniq line, and the Sonata lets you handle its plug, too. With an onslaught of new crossovers on the way, the need to boost the entire fleet’s gas mileage makes a 48-volt system an attractive option for some models. Jeep’s already going this route.

At the very least, it’s an option Hyundai could pull out of its toolbox.

Hyundai said the mild hybrid 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder bound for the Euro-spec 2019 Tucson gains a 16 horsepower boost from its belt starter generator system, which draws power from a 0.44 kWh battery. Regenerative coasting and braking recharges the lithium-ion unit. Just recently, Kia debuted a diesel mild hybrid system bound for the European-market Sportage, though that system offers slightly less grunt under hard acceleration.

The goal for Hyundai’s engineers is to boost fuel economy by 7 percent in vehicles using the system.

[Image: Hyundai]

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9 Comments on “2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets Mild Hybrid Power, Remains Just Out of Reach...”


  • avatar
    conundrum

    “Those Europeans seem like a scared lot. Always trying to appease their domineering rulers’ demands for greener cars, all thanks to strict mandates handed down from the central powers in Belgium.”

    Well, see Steph, not all people live in the GTA and believe the US’s disregard of global warming is wunnerful or that Doug will bring untold riches to the downtrodden masses in Ontario on Thursday. You know, people who dare to be aware.

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      I’m with you, conundrum. But I’d feel better if members of the European Commission were elected directly by the public instead of being a quasi-cabinet appointed by the European Parliament.

    • 0 avatar
      "scarey"

      @Conundrum- GTA ? Ford Fairlane GTA ? Or something else ? Please enlighten those of us not in the inner circle. And teach us the secret handshake too.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Thanks to fracking and the expansion of natural gas use the US has done better than the Europeans on emissions.

      Remember, the European superstate pushed people into diesel cars and now they are banning them.

      As for the global warming movement every once they admit what they know:

      in the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

      “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

      So what is the goal of environmental policy?

      “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

      For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

      Mad as they are, Edenhofer’s comments are nevertheless consistent with other alarmists who have spilled the movement’s dirty secret. Last year, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made a similar statement.

      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said in anticipation of last year’s Paris climate summit.

      “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

      The plan is to allow Third World countries to emit as much carbon dioxide as they wish — because, as Edenhofer said, “in order to get rich one has to burn coal, oil or gas” — while at the same time restricting emissions in advanced nations. This will, of course, choke economic growth in developed nations, but they deserve that fate as they “have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community,” he said. The fanaticism runs so deep that one professor has even suggested that we need to plunge ourselves into a depression to fight global warming.
      https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-admits-real-motive-behind-warming-scare/

      • 0 avatar
        2manycars

        The global warming/climate change scam has become one of the primary tools in the war chest of the social-justice warriors.

        The leaders know damned well they’re not going to be able to control the earth’s climate (which is what they claim they will do when you get right down to it) but they manage to whip their rank-and-file useful idiots into a frenzy nonetheless. It’s actually been that way for a long time. Even early-on in its history the environmental movement has been a haven for collectivists and control freaks.

        The European Union is a cesspool of tyranny. Its subjects have been conditioned to a boot-licking level of submission that is utterly repugnant, and they clamor for still more chains.

        Unfortunately the same process has been going on in the United States, albeit more slowly.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Excellent post, thornmark, as well as 2manycars. I’d buy you guys a beer anytime.

  • avatar
    aquaticko

    Bring it over, Hyundai, and make it standard across your lineup; really separate your vehicles from the herd. Toss in some Fil Rouge-inspired styling, and you’ve got at least one guaranteed sale of a Sonata, Veloster, or Elantra GT.

  • avatar
    bd2

    Making the 48V system the default across its line-up is a no-brainer.

    Not only does it help increase fuel economy/reduce CO2 emissions at a manageable cost, a larger battery is needed these days due to drain from all the latest tech.

    Not really feeling the subtle changes to the sheetmetal.

    The headlight/taillight treatment is a step back, as is the shape of the grille with that slight curvature at the lower sides; don’t exactly like the modified Hyundai hexagonal grille shape, but it works better w/ the design language of the new Santa Fe (so maybe will see an improvement w/ the next Tucson).

    The 48V system w/ Hyundai’s new Theta III 2.5L engine (in turbo form) should be enough power for most (daily) drivers.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Too bad the EU can’t just take over the whole world and bring their social justice to all the rest of us. Step 1: tax the crap out of carbon based fuels and subsidize renewables so that consumers can enjoy energy poverty with $10 per gallon gasoline and 35 cent per Kwh electricity. Step 2: Mandate super tough fuel economy and emission regs that can only be met with micro-cars or expensive and/or unreliable technology that suck all the profits out of auto-manufacturing. Step 3: after paying high prices for cars and fuel, take 50+% of any remaining money consumers and industry has left to pay for: Step 4: the millions of 3rd world refugees with no marketable skills who sign up for the generous welfare state.


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