- 2021 Hyundai Tucson features and specs
- Three variants and three engines for new family SUV
- Sporty N Line package optional across the range
- Pricing still yet to be confirmed, ahead of its launch between March and May
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be offered in a choice of three variants and three engines when it goes on sale in Australia between April and June 2021 – all offering the option of a sporty N Line styling package.
Preliminary details released by Hyundai show the fourth-generation Tucson will be available in base 'Tucson', mid-spec Elite and flagship Highlander grades, all available with a sporty N Line package adding unique styling and premium luxury and technology features.
While full equipment details have been confirmed, the Korean brand has yet to announce pricing – for reference, the current model retails from $30,000 to $50,000 before on-road costs.
Three four-cylinder engines will be available with the new Tucson in Australia which, while similar in outputs and capacity to those that powered the outgoing model, are overhauled units belonging to Hyundai's new 'SmartStream' engine family.
A 115kW/192Nm 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder driving the front wheels is standard across the range, paired solely to a six-speed automatic transmission – with the outgoing model's six-speed manual no longer on offer.
Elite and Highlander models are also available with a choice of all-wheel-drive powertrain options: a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, or a 137kW/416Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder coupled with a conventional eight-speed automatic.
Opening the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson range is the eponymous 'Tucson' variant, available solely with the aforementioned 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver's information display, manual air conditioning, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, keyless entry (but no push-button start), automatic halogen headlights, LED daytime-running lights, and power-adjustable door mirrors.
There's also a set of 17-inch alloy wheels – with a full-size spare wheel, unlike many rivals with space-saver spares or tyre repair kits – plus rear air vents, folding second-row seats, tinted windows, an acoustic windscreen, manual front seats (but with power driver lumbar support), roof rails, a drive mode selector, four USB ports and the 'trailer package'.
Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking (with support for intersections), lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring, and rear parking sensors.
Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-following assist and rear cross-traffic alert are also expected to be standard across the range, however Hyundai Australia has yet to officially lock in their inclusion.
Driver attention monitoring is standard, while other safety features are expected to include Safe Exit Warning (which reminds passengers to check for oncoming hazards before opening their door) and multi-collision braking (which applies the brakes after a collision to prevent subsequent impacts).
Seven airbags are standard across the range, including a centre airbag between the front seats – deemed necessary by some manufacturers for a five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2021.
Available on all new Tucson models is the N Line Option Pack which, unlike N Line versions of the Hyundai i30, Kona and Sonata, doesn't increase performance – instead, it adds a range of sporty styling tweaks and high-spec luxury features.
The N Line pack is headlined by a range of N Line-specific tweaks, including a new exterior body kit with sportier bumpers and side skirts, a gloss black grille with 'hidden' daytime-running lights, 19-inch N Line alloy wheels, silver N Line skid plates, and an N Line steering wheel.
The pack also adds LED headlights, LED 'combination' tail-lights, a unique leather/suede trimmed interior and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
Stepping up to the mid-spec Tucson Elite – available with all three engine choices – adds a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation, leather seat trim, a power-adjustable driver's seat, front seat heating, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear privacy glass.
Elite models also score auto up/down functionality for the rear windows, push-button start, a 'smart' key, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-seat alert (notifying drivers if passengers have been left in the rear seats), front and rear parking sensors, and braking functionality for the blind-spot monitoring system.
Elite variants equipped with either of the turbocharged engines also feature paddle shifters and a shift-by-wire gear selector.
Sitting atop the range is the Tucson Highlander, which gains unique 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail-lights, a dark chrome grille. a silver skid plate, chrome trim, a power-operated tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
Inside the cabin, additions include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient LED mood lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, memory for the driver's seat, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a Bose premium sound system and an easy-entry passenger 'walk-in' feature.
It also gains a 360-degree camera, the Blind-Spot View Monitor (which projects a rear-facing camera feed from the side mirrors into the instrument cluster when changing lanes), an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and low-speed rear autonomous emergency braking.
Tucson Highlander diesel variants exclusively pick up Remote Smart Park Assist, allowing the vehicle to be moved backwards and forwards into a tight parking space via the key fob, when standing next to the car.
Eight colours are available – White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Titan Grey, Crimson Red, Deep Sea (blue), Silky Bronze and Amazon Grey – though certain hues are unique to different variants.
In addition to the standard black leather interior trim detailed above, the Highlander will be available with dark brown or light grey leather options (both with black accents).
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale between March and May 2021 (second quarter of the year). Pricing details, along with final specifications, will be confirmed closer to launch.