2021 Hyundai Tucson spied once more

The next Hyundai Tucson has shed more camouflage ahead of its debut.
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Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson has been snapped again, with spy photographers capturing the mid-size SUV in a state of further undress.

Hyundai’s vice president of styling, Sangyup Lee, has said the new Tucson will make you “freak out” as it’s even more visually stimulating than the 2020 Sonata.

Even wearing less camouflage, it’s not clear just how the new Tucson will agitate you so, though it’s arguably a handsome evolution of Hyundai’s mid-size SUV.

While the new Sonata is dramatically different in appearance to its predecessor, the new Tucson has a similar profile to the outgoing model. The beltline and D-pillar look similar, if perhaps slightly more rakish than the current Tucson which debuted in 2015.

More noticeable changes are evident in the front and rear fasciae. The Tucson’s grille and split headlights appear to draw inspiration from the Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell crossover – previous spy shots have shown this in greater detail.

As for the new Tucson’s rear, the photographed example is missing its taillight assembly however it looks like it may echo the 2020 Sonata’s full-width light bar.

The fourth-generation model (the second-generation was called the ix35 here) may introduce the first hybrid to the Tucson line, borrowing the 143kW 2.0 four-cylinder hybrid powertrain from the 2020 Sonata.

Hyundai Australia, however, has conceded it’s an uphill battle trying to match Toyota’s hybrids on price, casting doubt on whether upcoming hybrid models like the Sonata Hybrid will be introduced here.

Hyundai may want to make an exception for the mooted Tucson Hybrid, given the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in hot demand.

Also coming to the Tucson line will be an available third row of seating, at least in markets such as India. If the seven-seat Tucson joins the Australian range, it’ll provide competition for the three-row Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan X-Trail and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

It’s no secret the Tucson is a hugely important vehicle for Hyundai. Last year, it was the second best-selling Hyundai here and the fourth best-selling car in its segment, beaten only by the Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4.

Hyundai would surely like to make the car a podium finisher here as well as increase its sales in larger markets like the US. Last year, the Tucson was outsold there by almost every rival bar the related Kia Sportage, GMC Terrain, Mitsubishi Outlander and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The next-generation Tucson should debut next year and is expected to reach showrooms in late 2020 or 2021.

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