At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Hyundai debuted the refreshed 2019 Tucson. Some of the new changes give the updated crossover a look that makes it more like its larger sibling, or the new 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, the new Tucson also gets a handful of new upgrades, like a thoroughly revised interior, as well as an expansive suite of driver assistance technology.
When checking out the front end of the car, one would notice a tweaked trapezoidal grille that features sharper edges compared to the current design. The middle bit now gets four slats instead of three. The model’s more angular face even extends until the headlights, which now have L-shaped LED running lights. Unlike the front, the Tucson’s rear end upgrades are not quite as obvious, but the updates include a smoother shape for the taillights. The Limited trim level also gets extra chrome trim as well.
As you enter the cabin, this is where you will find most of the changes. Hyundai’s designers overhauled the center stack and now, the infotainment system is placed just above the dashboard, instead of integrating it like the usual. This makes it easier to move the vents below the screen so it isn’t too crowded. There is going to be an updated instrument display cluster for the drivers to look at, as well as an electronic parking brake.
The 2019 Tucson’s cabin has been improved and was given a number of safety technology, which should make occupants feel generally safer. It features things like forward collision avoidance assist and lane keeping assist. There is also a surround view monitor and adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic support. Moreover, there will be other features that help the drivers including high beam assist, rain sensing wipers. Passengers can also take advantage of wireless device charging as well as a second row USB charger.
The Tucson will be offered in different engine options. One of them would be the standard 2.0 liter four cylinder with 164 horsepower (122 kilowatts) and 151 pound feet (204 Newton metres) of torque. There will also be a larger 2.4 liter four cylinder that delivers 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 175 pound feet (237 Newton metres). Tucson’s new engine replaces the former 1.6 liter turbo four with 175 horsepower (130 kilowatts) and 195 pound feet (264 Newton metres). These will be paired with a six speed automatic in the 2019 model.
The smaller engine is available in the Value and SE trims, while the beefier one is for the SEL, Sport, and Limited trims. Soon, we should hear more about this model, as we come closer to fall.