Hyundai Motor pulled the wraps off its latest product today, the all-new Hyundai Tucson. This is the fourth generation of the brand’s mid-size SUV to be launched. Tucson has been a top-selling model for the Korean automaker with over seven million units being sold worldwide since the nameplate was introduced in 2004.

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Distinctive appearance

The big talking point of the all-new Hyundai Tucson will be its dramatic appearance. Hyundai’s press material states that the newcomer has: revolutionary and ambitious new look that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design identity. Its muscular stance combines sharp angles and dynamic proportions with rich surfaces, ensuring a progressive look without compromising on Tucson’s rugged SUV heritage. You can take a closer look at some of the design details in this video.

The latest Tucson is 20 mm longer, 15 mm wider, and has a wheelbase that has been increased by 10 mm when compared to the previous generation. This results in an addition 26 mm of rear leg room and boot space that is now up to 620 litres, depending on the derivative. We will leave you to make up your own mind about the new styling treatment. It is, if anything, distinctive, though not immediately recognisable as a Hyundai. We suspect the novelty of its appearance will be diluted with time and an abundance of Tucsons appearing on our roads.

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Modern interior

The exterior’s modern appearance is mirrored in the cabin as well. Hyundai’s designers aimed to declutter the interior and took cues from nature including, according to them, waterfalls. The wide and low facia seems to create a sense of space for the front occupants, and it blends almost seamlessly with the door trim.

The instruments have been replaced by a completely digital cluster. A newly developed 10,25-inch touchscreen is integrated into the centre of the facia. Hyundai’s designers dispensed with physical knobs and buttons. All heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) functions are controlled via the touchscreen. The system also offers a full suite of modern connectivity options via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Powertrain options

At the time of launch Hyundai will be offering range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that can be mated with different transmissions as well as front- and all-wheel-drive drivetrains. There are also hybrid derivatives though we don’t those to be introduced into the local market. We expect the all-new Hyundai Tucson to be introduced into SA during the first half of 2021.