By on September 15, 2020

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Car Twitter is a weird “place” (as much as an ephemeral part of social media can be a “place”). There are all kinds of arguments about all sorts of things on that part of the Twitterverse, including new and upcoming products, and the next Hyundai Tucson was as divisive as anything I’ve seen in recent weeks.

Some journalists loved it. Some hated it. Others were in between. And that’s just in reference to the exterior styling.

Love it, like it, hate it, or indifferent, you can’t deny that Hyundai took some chances.

There are angles and edges and sharp creases. Narrow headlamps and large fog-lamp housings. A light bar across the rear with four distinct taillamps. And a sloping roofline.

The interior appears like it will be less polarizing, thanks to clean lines, although one aspect is a bit disappointing – there are no knobs. Did Hyundai learn nothing from Honda?

2022 Hyundai Tucson

The redesign is about more than just the skin. The fourth-generation Tucson will be sold globally and in short- and long-wheelbase versions.

Powertrains will include a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will be part of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid setup. The former is estimated to produce 187 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, and it pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter is estimated to have 177 horsepower from the gas engine and 226 combined system horsepower along with 195 lb-ft of torque from the gas engine and 258 lb-ft combined.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

All-wheel drive is available. An E-Handling system will be offered on hybrid and PHEV models to assist drivers with cornering and handling, especially in poor weather conditions.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Available features include highway driving assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, lane-following assist, blind-spot monitor, blind-spot collision warning, surround-view monitor, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist with rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, advanced smart cruise control with stop and go, and safe-exit warning.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Other available features include a digital key, ambient mood lighting, 8- or 10.25-inch infotainment screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and Bose audio. Customers will be able to pair two phones at once and even switch between playlists.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Buyers will also be able to integrate their phones into the car – using them to turn home appliances on or off from the car or to set a calendar appointment as a destination in the GPS. They’ll also be able to warm up the car via voice command.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Dual-zone climate control and Hyundai’s Blue Link app suite will be available.

So, too, will an N Line variant. Hyundai promises more details on that at a later date.

Car Twitter will surely be abuzz about that model, too.

[Images: Hyundai]

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31 Comments on “Taking Chances: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Unveiled...”


  • avatar
    indi500fan

    It’s another moderate sized CUV. Everybody is pretty much making the same thing in this class. So unless someone is a brand partisan, it will often come down to the dealer and the “deal.”

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Nice looking, but those engine choices are meh :(

  • avatar
    MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

    I don’t mind it, kinda looks like a Lambo Urus on the cheap.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    I imagine these will sell very well. But it looks like Hyundai is is going whole-hog on high tech. I’m hoping the new Tucson can be purchased without most of those features- particulary the driver assistance tech.

    The engine choices aren’t so bad. My wife’s 2011 Tucson has a 160-horsepower, two-liter engine with a six-speed automatic. It’s plenty peppy in town and highway trips are not a problem.

  • avatar
    amwhalbi

    Based on the pictures, if I would buy one, it would be because of the interior. The exterior does have a lot of polarizing “glitz,” so I’ll want to see one close up before I render a final exterior judgement. And of course, you have to be satisfied that you are getting the features/reliability that you need. But the picture of the interior is gorgeous – knobs or no knobs. I spend more time looking at/living in the interior, so I place a higher value on interior comfort/utility/beauty. And I would buy a vehicle with an interior I loved and an exterior I didn’t, but it’s doubtful that I would do the reverse.

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      I am of the same mind regarding interiors. The exterior is a bit much, but its not revolting. The interior, I see a lot I like, a lot. CX-30 is tops on my list at present for a possible MY2021 purchase, previous Tuscon a bit boring- but was my lower-cost consideration if I decided to swing in that direction. I’ll give this one a look, although my initial take seems to be that it’s gotten bigger and I’m not sure I want/need it, but I’ll see.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    They will sell many of these and give the redesigned Ford Escape which is total design fail even more competition.

  • avatar
    Varezhka

    Good looking and fairly distinct for a small mass market crossover. Nicely done.

    The side creases do look a bit overboard, but I’ll reserve judgment till I see the real thing.
    I also can do without the tablet behind the steering wheel. I know it’s a popular look these days, but it’s not exactly good looking and I do worry about glares without the shades.

  • avatar

    Exterior design is WAY TOO BUSY. Interior design almost too simplistic. The digital instrument cluster in not hooded, how is that going to be readable in the sun? I really like the current Tuscon. I think they went too far with this redesign.

    • 0 avatar
      Serpens

      It hasn’t been a problem for Mercedes. Anti glare tech has come a long way.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Agree – the interior is beautiful if your into that minimalist look (like my wife is) but the exterior a mess. Looks like they crumbled up some aluminum foil then tried to straighten it out. Not sure the demographic that wants this thing will be OK with this odd spaceship look. However as Hyundai has done before with the Sonata they are clearly not afraid of adding some style to their products.

  • avatar
    KOKing

    Certainly doesn’t lack daring. I really dig that front end lighting. For some reason it looks like a Ford concept to me. The tail doesn’t jive much, though, and that chrome bit down the D pillar looks out of place. What I’m liking is, unlike at Genesis, where I suppose they have to copy the German model, they’re not doing the one-sausage-different-length across the lineup.

  • avatar
    Urlik

    I was thinking, this could work…my wife might like this, especially the interior touch screen…….wtf is up with the low door handles?!? Smfh

  • avatar
    Cicero

    Is that a heckblende I see? I presume it isn’t a tiered one.

  • avatar
    Rocket

    It’s a touch over-styled for sure, but it wears the creases better than the Elantra. The touch-capacitive controls are a mistake though. Automakers give us something we don’t like, we tell them so, customer satisfaction ratings fall as a result, and yet other automakers think they can somehow do the same thing without penalty. Ford, Honda and the others weren’t ahead fo their time, Hyundai … people really do prefer physical controls.

  • avatar
    MKizzy

    In photos at least, the new Tuscon looks like its crumple zones were styled into the bodywork as if each one was crash tested then repaired at the factory. At lest there’s no fake floating roof (that trend has to die soon). Perhaps it looks better in person.

    Also, Hyundai must be really confident the Tuscon’s hi-tech instrument cluster won’t wash out in sunlight.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    We can’t all be Telluride-level attractive.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    I really like the outside. In a different league than CRV and Rav4..in a good way. Interior? Hmm, I do like buttons. Not a fan of everything been tactile. If Hyundai keeps the recalls and fires under control, they got a winner.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Begging for Vellum Venom. Paging Sanjiv!

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    They’ve done away with my current peeve, the two tiered front lighting treatment first found on the Compass, in favor of whatever the smell that is. That looked like deep fried anal fissures on that car and haven’t gotten any better on the other vehicles to which it’s been applied.

    However, they doubled down on my peeve in the back with the weird cutlines. If they’re trying to ape the Mustang, I get it, but ewe. I’m wholly ambivalent about the sides. The pre crinkled look kind of works.

    Many years ago my friend had a 2006ish Tucson with the 2 litre 135ish horsepressure engine. It was fine. I’m sure either engine here will be more fine.

  • avatar
    cardave5150

    The taillights look more “Mustang” than the Mustang Mach-E’s tailights do. I like ’em. I find the front end attractive, the bodysides overwrought, and the interior gorgeous for the class it lives in.

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