2021 Hyundai Tucson: this is it!

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I have to say, this seems very impressive so far. A lot of personality in a classy and modern design. 

That interior is also pretty striking. All this in a slightly larger package that will better compete with the stars of the segment, including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.

The main engine is rumored to be Hyundai’s 1.6 Liter Turbo. (The base version could still use a 2.0 Liter) Which I drove last year, and found it smoother and more enjoyable than the Honda 1.5 Liter Turbo. And no CVT here, but a 7 speed.

Since these ‘not so’ compact crossovers ultimately become bestsellers, I really think this will become, from far, Hyundai’s best-seller next year. beating the Elantra.

With just over 137 000 sold last year, the current Tucson is not even close to being in the same league as the RAV-4 and CR-V (   448 000 and 384 000 sold in 2019). I predict the new generation could at least double its current sales figures. Maybe not in 2020 due to the current health situation, but as soon as things return to normal. 

I mean, the CR-V does look a bit lumpy compared to this. And the poor RAV-4 just looks really bloated and ungainly. A hybrid version of the new Tucson is also expected. With a powertrain similar to the new Sonata Hybrid (which is rated at an amazing 50/54 MPG). A sportier N version is also expected later. Again, using a version of the Sonata 290hp engine.

The reveal is on September 14th. But I expect to get more pictures very soon…

Conversation 7 comments

  1. Not sure about the exterior illustration, but I can almost guarantee that the interior illustration is way over exagerated, especially the center console. The push button transmission will more than likely look very similar to the Sonata and Palisade, not the flush mounted one shown there. Still looks promising. Looking forward to seeing it.

  2. This looks great. If Hyundai keeps it close to this design it will be a winner. Hope they don't screw it up for production.

  3. It’s a sketch, you can see them above the center screen and they’ll be on the outer edges of the strip that wraps around near the doors

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