There is no time to rest for the Hyundai and its crossover SUV range. The company invests huge amounts of money and effort to improve its standings in this lucrative segment. The all-new Kona model had recent launch and the new-generation Santa Fe also made its debut with the new styling, diesel mill and new interior. But Hyundai is working on more fronts. The new 3-row SUV to lead the range is also in the works and Hyundai will also give the attention to the popular Tucson. This popular compact high-rider arrived all-new for the 2016 model year and it is now time for the facelift.
The refreshed Tucson is due for the next year launch and it could appear as the 2019 Hyundai Tucson or even as the 2020 version. The prototype is already performing testing in the thick camo and gives us a chance to speculate about changes. We don’t know details but from what we can draw from the test mule and based on brand’s latest models we should expect similar exterior and interior treatment as in the new Santa Fe and Kona. Engines will continue in the same number and similar specs after the facelift while upgraded equipment will round up the refresh.
2019 Hyundai Tucson: Design
The prototype of the refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson was spotted while wearing thick camo which hides plenty of the bodywork but some elements indicate the transformation course. It’s obvious from what we can see on the prototype and what we saw on the latest models that new Tucson will switch to the new design language which debuted on the new Kona model.
The part of the change is the grille design which will follow the pattern of the new Santa Fe and Kona. The headlights and LED running lights will also come in the new setup and the model also appear to have reshaped air intakes.
We should also expect some changes to the hood design while can’t recognize changes on the side panels. The rear will likely get new bumper and taillights.
Inside the cabin, the Tucson will also follow the recipe of the latest crossovers. The dash will get redesigned center stack and there won’t be the integrated display anymore. Like in the new Santa FE, the Tucson will arrive with the dash-mounted center touchscreen and repositioned air vents.
Hyundai will also offer refreshed materials and new textures. The upgraded electronic features will also boost model’s ratings. The base model is expected with a 7-inch display and smartphone features. There will also be a number of active safety systems including the blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, etc. The model will also include the system that blocks the doors from opening when another vehicle approaching from the rear.
2019 Hyundai Tucson: Powertrains
When it is about the engine options no leaked details have been available so far. The refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson is expected with same engine options but probably with improved ratings.
The base mill will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder combined with the six-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque in the current form. More grunt is provided by the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine is the pair with the 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The ratings of the current version are 175 hp and 195 lb-ft.
The possibility suggested by some reports is the performance version. It could be powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with the horsepower around 270. This version could arrive after the arrival of the base versions.
2019 Hyundai Tucson: Arrival, Price
The refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson is expected for the next year launch and could arrive as the 2020 version. The price will appear closer to the launch date but we expect a slight increase compared to the current range.