New interior, refreshed exterior for mid-size Korean SUV

UPDATE: Now with brief preview video from the 2018 New York motor show.


Hyundai has pulled back the sheet on its facelifted Tucson, with a sharper exterior, a new transmission, and a comprehensively overhauled interior.

Launched at the 2018 New York motor show, the 2019 Tucson has gained a larger, more dramatic 'Cascading Grille' to match the rest of the Hyundai range, along with a sharp-edged new LED light signature at the front. Down back, the bumper has been subjected to some minor revisions, and there are new tail-lights to boot – pun intended.

Behind the wheel, Hyundai has transferred the interior styling language from the Kona and Santa Fe.

There's a high-set 7.0-inch tablet-style display atop the dashboard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Qi wireless charging and USB ports both rows of passengers.

Adaptive cruise control has joined the suite of active safety features, along with a driver attention warning, high-beam assist and a surround-view monitor. The last option listed may not make it to Australia – Hyundai says it's "not yet confirmed" for our market.

While we're talking about the local lineup, Hyundai says the current engine range will carry over, although the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine gains a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

That means the base 2.0-litre GDI petrol offered with the Active, Active X and Elite makes 121kW and 203Nm, while the 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol offered with the Elite and Highlander makes 130kW and 265Nm. The diesel 2.0-litre CRDI makes 136kW and 400Nm.

Semi-autonomous safety systems will be offered across the range, although whether they'll be standard on lower grades is still to be determined.

A local ride and handling program is already underway, too, suggesting we might see some tweaks to the Tucson's suspension and steering setup locally.

Pricing for the Tucson hasn't been confirmed, but the range currently kicks of at $27,990 drive away. The company is targeting a Q3 arrival for the revised range.

Stay tuned for all the latest Hyundai Tucson updates over the coming months.

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