Hyundai is putting the Tucson under the knife and our wily spy photographer has already spotted the CUV while being tested in the Arctic.

It isn’t an all-new model but with the amount of camouflage on the body (no, it’s not to keep it warm but we’d understand it if it was — look at all that snow...) we can deduce that it will be an extensive refresh. Expected to be revealed later on this year as a 2020 model, the Tucson will likely feature a new grille inspired by the new Kona SUV (and the i30 hatch, and the Sonata saloon — family face and all) while it will also receive new headlights with LED tech (and taillights) while the front will get more cladding around the bumper. Hyundai may be keen on giving it a more premium look so a more rounded appearance could be on the cards but that is hard to tell from the snaps and all the camo.

Around the back, it appears that the 2020 Tucson will get a new rear bumper and aside from the aforementioned refreshed taillights we don’t envisage that it will change all that much. If you were expecting a new rear hatch or glass, put those thoughts to bed however it does seem as if Hyundai is hiding something about the rear quarter panels. Perhaps there will be some changes there. Time will tell. What we do know is that the refresh will include some updates on the tech front; the latest radar-based safety system will likely be made optional and it should get a better infotainment system too.

As for the drivetrain, petrol and diesels will be offered (a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.6-litre turbo GDI) making around 160 bhp and 170 bhp respectively mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.