Korean brand's Beijing joint venture launches 'fourth generation' crossover with a reskinned version of current model.
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Beijing Hyundai has revealed a China-specific version of the Tucson SUV, which gets unique styling and features compared to the global version offered in markets like Australia.

The Korean-Chinese joint venture is pitching the vehicle as a "fourth generation" model, though it appears the '2020' Tucson for China is merely a reskinned version of the car currently on sale.

In terms of the overall design, the new Tucson draws inspiration from other members of the Hyundai stable, namely the new Palisade flagship SUV offered in North America and Korea.

Up front there's an interpretation of the Palisade's dual-tier headlight design and LED daytime-running light signature, along with a slim 'Cascading' front grille.

The rear appears to blend elements of the current Tucson with the related Kia Sportage (above), joining the tail-light clusters with a red plastic strip and dual oval tailpipes sticking out of a diffuser-style bumper treatment.

Filling the arches are 18-inch machined alloy wheels in a grater-like design that echoes the rims of the new Sonata and Venue.

While the front and rear fascias are all new, it looks like the door panels and window lines are all the same as the vehicle offered globally.

The Beijing Hyundai Tucson is offered exclusively with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 130kW at 5500rpm and 265Nm between 1500 and 4500rpm – essentially the same engine offered in Elite and Highlander versions of the Tucson in Australia.

All models are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with front- and all-wheel drive variants available. Unlike Australian-market Tucsons, however, the Chinese version gets idle stop/start technology for improved fuel consumption.

Fuel consumption ranges from 6.7L/100km in front-drive models to 7.2L/100km for all-wheel drive versions.

In addition to the unique exterior, the Beijing Hyundai Tucson gets several unique interior elements, too.

Ahead of the driver there's a TFT digital instrument cluster that's nicked out of the larger Santa Fe, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a bespoke centre stack and console design.

The leatherette dashboard feature and door inserts look to be the same as the global model, however.

For global markets, the actual next-generation Tucson has been spied in prototype guise during development testing in recent months, appearing to be wearing a design heavily inspired by the similarly-sized Nexo fuel-cell vehicle.

It's anticipated the new Tucson will debut sometime in 2020, ahead of a late 2020 or early 2021 global sales rollout.

Electrification is expected in the form of hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid variants to go with the current 48V mild-hybrid offerings.

Beyond the new powertrain technology, expect the latest in Hyundai's driver assistance systems, which should allow for some degree of semi-autonomous driving, along with bigger infotainment displays and the option of digital driver instrumentation – perhaps somewhere along the lines of the Santa Fe's display.

In July, Hyundai Australia announced 2020 model-year changes for the current Tucson range, including the range-wide adoption of autonomous emergency braking, though with varying levels of ability.

For more information on the MY20 Tucson range for Australia, click here.

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