By on September 3, 2020


Hyundai’s promised something radical in the C-segment crossover space, and the next-generation Tucson is it. A strong-selling bread-and butter model, Tucson will split into two come the 2022 model year, Hyundai claims, broadening the crossover’s market appeal.

The new generation will also bring unmistakable lighting to the table.

Appearing in new teaser images emerging out of Seoul, the 2022 Tucson is, as Hyundai claims, the “first C-SUV in its class to be available in both short and long wheelbases, depending on the region, to meet diverse market needs.”

Volkswagen’s Tiguan would like a word.

While North American customers stand to gain the long-wheelbase version of the popular CUV, all regions will see the model’s “Parametric Hidden Lights” and “Parametric Dynamics” design theme. When parked, it will seem as if the Tucson has no headlights at all, hidden in plain sight as part of the expansive grille. Only when the vehicle fires up will the front end light up like that musical billboard from Close Encounters.


Out back, taillights go from bland to enthusiastic, incorporating a full-width LED strip atop dual vertical elements that call to mind the Ford Mustang family. The roofline appears much more coupe-ish than before, with sharply-raked rear glass and thick metallic trim tracing the greenhouse though to the D-pillar.

Featuring smaller overhangs, the Tucson’s stretched body will be longer and wider than before, affording additional rear-seat legroom and cargo capacity, one assumes. The cabin will boast an uncluttered, twin-cockpit design that Hyundai claims will remind occupants of a modern boutique hotel. Avant-garde wall art not included.


In redesigning the vehicle’s interior, Hyundai clearly had water on the brain. The gauge cluster housing fades away while a lower instrument display pops up. “The broad ridge of the dashboard blends seamlessly with the doors, wrapping around front occupants like a deep gorge,” the automaker stated. “The vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console like a mighty waterfall.”

Wonderful word, mighty.

The Tucson’s big reveal comes the night of September 14th.

[Images: Hyundai]

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14 Comments on “2022 Hyundai Tucson Lights Up for the Press...”

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    Looks interesting

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    Hyundai is certainly not afraid of coloring outside of the lines.

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    A deep gorge would have plenty of room for my big feet – not sure those footwells are very gorge-like.

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    Well, let’s see.. my 2010 Venza is likely going to be passed on to granddaughter #1 in about a year. Already interested in the new 2021 Venza; this Tucson might be worth a look as well. I know Hyundai evokes strong opinions both ways on this forum, but my good experience with 2 Sonatas makes me open to another Hyundai. I also had a great Subaru Legacy wagon before the Venza, so an Outback could be in play. And I’ve always liked the looks of the CX-5…

    I do agree with Oberkanone – Hyundai is not shy about pushing the envelope. Will be interested to see more details and pictures on September 14.

    • 0 avatar
      CKNSLS Sierra SLT


      The feelings Hyundais evoke on this forum are either-
      1) Us owners know what a great value/reliability they are

      2) Then there are the bashers who are still crying about how nothing is offered in a manual transmission any more-or buy American-or buy “Union made products”.

      • 0 avatar

        Sierra SLT, I’m relatively new on the forum, but I’ve certainly seen a bit of controversy regarding Hyundai since I’ve jumped in. I can’t (and don’t want to) speak for others who have had a bad Hyundai experience. Like you, I’ve twice been pleased with my Sonatas, particularly my 2015, which has been terrific. If that changes in the future, so might my viewpoint. But I will defend to the death the right of others to hold a different opinion on any brand they have had a bad experience with, or who bemoan the dearth of manual trannies, or who are buyers of “only American” or “only foreign.” Whether that is bashing or not is in the eyes of the beholder. But I do enjoy a lively forum with different perspectives. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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    Looks like something the Saab 9-4x could’ve turned into if Saab stuck around.

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    Nice clean looking design. Glad to see the massive grille trend is starting to go away. Looks like the massive center console trend is here to stay, however, much to the annoyance of those of us over 6″ tall who have knees that keep getting in the way of their “waterfalls” and “deep gorges.” Sat in an HRV while getting a part at the Honda dealer and the console was a show stopper. No need to go for a test drive.

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    SCE to AUX

    Hmm. I like it, especially the interior.

    If they make an electric version, I’d consider it.

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      Hybrid And PHEV, albeit PHEV may be limited to markets like the EU due to limited battery supply.

      Doubt that there will be an electric variant as that’s what the new electric Ioniq range is for.

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    Other than the headlights I like it !

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    Remember when Nissan sold premium-adjacent products like 4DSC-era Maxima (the slightly-less-rich-man’s BMW) and Hyundai/Kia sold bargain schlock? Now it’s Hyundai/Kia reaching into premium-adjacent territory, and Nissan covering the bargain basement. The Koreans have come a long way in a short time.

    (But hey, Nissan: if it’s any consolation, Genesis has flopped as hard as Infiniti.)

    This is a really nice looking product.

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      Too early to make any judgment on Genesis; at least let them get their basic lineup out, GV80, new G80, GV70, etc.

      But Genesis has already been a financial success due to sales in Korea – which has driven Hyundai to profits for the past 2 Qs while most auto experienced losses.

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    I test drove both the Tucson and the Sportage. The Tucson was a very prosaic drive, the Sportage much more responsive. The fact that the Sportage can be had with the 2.o turbo doubtless had something to do with it, but the Sportage also handles a lot better.

    Two vehicles from the same parts bin, but very different vehicles.

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