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The Hyundai Tucson facelift has been spied while undergoing testing in Germany.

At the front, the strong chrome bars that grace the current car’s grille have been replaced by a honeycomb pattern similar to the one used on both the i30 hatch and revised Sonata.

The prototype’s covering hides most of the front-end design, but we can see modified headlight graphics, and a redesigned front fascia. Although it’s mostly hidden from view, we expect the Tucson facelift to sport the company’s new cascading grille design.

Along the sides, this car features has had its doors and rear quarter covered up, although the company may not have made any changes to the Tucson’s sheetmetal.

Out the back, we can see the rear bumper design has been changed, with the reflectors being slimmed down and moving to a higher position. There may also be changes to the crossover’s tail-light graphics.

Not much else is known about the update, but we suspect the Tucson will gain the usual set of interior trim fiddles and improved specifications. Hyundai may also upgrade the car’s infotainment and safety systems, and tweak some of its drivetrains.

We don’t know for certain when the Tucson facelift will make its debut, but given the current car was launched in 2015, an unveiling in the middle or later part of this year seems to be a good bet.

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