New mid-size SUV to offer three model grades, all with advanced safety technology as standard, a centre airbag and the option of a sporty N Line package.
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  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson price and specs
  • Three variants and three engines for new family SUV
  • Sporty N Line package optional across the range
  • Priced from $34,500 before on-road costs

UPDATE, 30 April 2021: Hyundai Australia has confirmed pricing for the entire Tucson range, including the 2.0-litre diesel variants, and the N Line Option Pack.

The story has been updated with the new information.

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be offered in a choice of three variants and three engines when it goes on sale in Australia in April 2021 – all offering the option of a sporty N Line styling package.

Hyundai has confirmed 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.

Prices start from $34,500 before on-road costs for an entry-level, 2.0-litre petrol model – up $2360 over the outgoing entry-level Active automatic, but $4860 more than the old Active manual – and stretches to $52,000 before on-road costs for a turbo-diesel Highlander model, up $2850 over an equivalent 2020 model.

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.

Above: Hyundai Tucson with optional N Line Option Pack. Top: Hyundai Tucson Highlander

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.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the 2.0-litre petrol engine will reach showrooms first, with the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine due locally in May or June 2021, followed by the 2.0-litre turbo diesel option in July.

The N Line Option Pack (more details later in this story) will become available locally in the third quarter of the year.

Opening the new 2021 Hyundai Tucson range is the eponymous 'Tucson' variant, priced from $34,500 before on-road costs, and available solely with the aforementioned 2.0-litre petrol engine.

Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver 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, a six-speaker sound system, and power-folding heated door mirrors.

Above: Hyundai Tucson Highlander interior

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), adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-following assist, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring (both with braking support), a speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring, Rear Occupant Alert, and rear parking sensors.

There's also driver attention monitoring, 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).

Above: Hyundai Tucson N Line interior

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.

Pricing for the pack comprises from $3500 for the entry-level Tucson, $2000 for the Elite, and $1000 for the Highlander – the differences attributed by the inclusion of many of the package's features as standard on higher grades.

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 Tucson Elite – priced from $39,000 before on-road costs with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, $43,000 with a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol mill, or $47,000 with a diesel engine– adds a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with wired 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.

Above: Hyundai Tucson (no badge, base model).

Elite models also score auto up/down functionality for the rear windows, solar control glass, push-button start, a 'smart' key, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and 'advanced' Rear Occupant Alert, which notifies drivers if passengers have been left in the second row.

Elite variants equipped with either of the turbocharged petrol or diesel engines also feature paddle shifters and a shift-by-wire gear selector.

Sitting atop the range is the Tucson Highlander – priced from $46,000 to $52,000 before on-road costs, depending on engine – 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, an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system and an easy-entry passenger 'walk-in' feature.

Above: Hyundai Tucson Elite. Bottom of story: Hyundai Tucson base and Elite interiors, plus Highlander rear view.

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.

Preliminary specifications indicate 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 is in showrooms now.

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2021 Hyundai Tucson Australian pricing

  • Tucson 2.0-litre petrol – $34,500 (up $2360 over outgoing base auto)
  • Tucson Elite 2.0-litre petrol – $39,000 (up $800)
  • Tucson Elite 1.6-litre turbo petrol – $43,000 (up $1800)
  • Tucson Elite 2.0-litre turbo diesel – $47,000 (up $3500)
  • Tucson Highlander 2.0-litre petrol – $46,000 (new)
  • Tucson Highlander 1.6-litre turbo petrol – $50,000 (up $3150)
  • Tucson Highlander 2.0-litre turbo diesel – $52,000 (up $2850)

Note: All prices listed above exclude on-road costs.