Hyundai Motor Company has launched its all-new fourth-generation Tucson compact SUV. With global sales of more than 7 million units since its introduction in 2004, the Tucson nameplate is among Hyundai’s most popular models. The fourth-generation global model will be available with a long-wheelbase and a short-wheelbase variant.

The new Tucson’s exterior styling follows Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity. It also features what Hyundai designers call ‘parametric dynamics’, or ‘kinetic jewel surface’ details, which essentially are a lot of chiseled character lines. The front fascia is dominated by the newly designed grille that is flanked by ‘half-mirror’ type daytime running lamps.

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The design theme carries over to the rear where the full-width taillamp features triangular shapes that are only visible when lit, similar to the DRL on the front. The Hyundai logo at the back has been moved up and is integrated into the glass while the wiper also moves up and hides under the rear spoiler.

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“We are thrilled to introduce the all-new Tucson, the latest model in Hyundai’s SUV transformation,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “This exciting vehicle sets a new benchmark for innovation in its segment, delivering an impressive blend of design, technology, packaging and performance.”

The cabin has also been completely redesigned with the broad dashboard blending seamlessly with the front doors and creating a wraparound effect for front seat occupants. The integrated centre fascia is vertically oriented.

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The Tucson offers different powertrain options; a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that’s good for 190 horsepower, and 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains with 180 horsepower and 230 horsepower respectively.

The all-new Tucson goes on sale in Korea in September as a 2021 model. It will go on sale in the US and other global markets as a 2022 model starting from the first half of 2021.