2019 Hyundai Tucson gets new design, more tech, 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder

Article by Christian A., on March 30, 2018

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.

Press Release

NEW 2019 HYUNDAI TUCSON DEBUTS AT NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

The redesigned 2019 Tucson enters the highly competitive compact
CUV market with upgrades inside and out, including a new cascading grille, new center stack design,
more advanced safety features and available Qi wireless charging. Following 12 consecutive monthly
sales records for the current model year, the 2019 Tucson is positioned for even greater sales success,
with expanded features such as standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, standard Forward
Collision-Avoidance Assist, available second-row USB charger and Surround View Monitor. Eightynine
percent of 2019 model year Tucsons will have these technologies included and the vehicle will be
arriving in dealerships this fall. The 2019 Tucson is the fifth of eight new or re-engineered CUVs
Hyundai is debuting by 2020.

2019 Tucson Updates

 Exterior Design Changes
o New Hyundai signature cascading grille
o New headlight/DRL design
o New front and rear fascias
o New rear taillight design
o New 18-inch wheels
o Redesigned 17- and 19-inch wheels
o Redesigned exhaust finisher on SEL and up

 Interior Design Changes
o New center stack design
o New panel vent design
o New leather seat design
o New rearview mirror
o New cluster

 More advanced safety features
o Standard: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
o Surround View Monitor
o Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
o Driver attention warning

 New features
o Standard: Electronic parking brake
o Available: High Beam Assist, rain-sensing wipers, second-row USB charger,
Qi wireless charging

 Expanded features
o Standard: 7-inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
o Blue Link® Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link
services
o Standard: Shark-fin antenna

“From a design perspective, onlookers will recognize a generational harmony between Hyundai’s new
2019 Santa Fe and the refreshed Tucson,” said Chris Chapman, lead designer, Hyundai Motor
America. “The signature elements of the Hyundai cascading grille and modern-day surfacing found in
the rear view create shadowy, dramatic impressions and represent the Hyundai DNA.”

The 2019 model includes a revised powertrain lineup featuring more power. The two engines offered
include a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine (with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft.
of torque) and a 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine (with an estimated 181 horsepower and
175 lb-ft. of torque). Both are coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is
found on the Value and SE trims and the 2.4-liter engine is inside the SEL, Sport and Limited trims.
The six-speed offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque
converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds.

“The 2019 Tucson trim enhancements place the modern-day Tucson as a top competitor for CUV
shoppers,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Additionally, the
recent influx of product accolades including Most Dependable Small SUV by J.D. Power and Top
Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as consecutive monthly sales
records for the current Tucson, each helped influence the redesigned 2019 Tucson for further market
appeal.”

Exterior Enhancements

Design changes, including the new Hyundai signature cascading grille and Daytime Running LED
headlights to the face of the CUV, align the Tucson with the rest of the Hyundai family. A redesigned
rear fascia, including the rear taillight design and new 18-inch alloy wheels for the SEL trim and
redesigned 17- and 19-inch wheels for remaining trims, offer a refreshed look. In addition, chrome trim
has been added to the bottom of the side windows for the Limited trim, which further enhances the
bold look. A new shark-fin antenna is also standard for all trims.

Advanced Technology Features
The newly refined 2019 Tucson offers more advanced technology features including a second-row
USB charger in the SEL trim and Qi wireless device charging in the Limited trim to address modernday
consumer needs. The center stack, rearview mirror and instrument cluster have been enhanced
as well.

 Standard: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
o The FCA system is designed to help detect and monitor the vehicle ahead and warn
the driver if a collision may be imminent. The system also initiates braking automatically.
The LKA system detects the lane on the road and assists steering wheel control if the
vehicle leaves the lane when the vehicle speed is over 40 mph.

 Available safety /technology features:
o Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
o High Beam Assist
o Rain-sensing wipers
o Surround View Monitor
o Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
o Driver attention warning

Multimedia Systems

The 2019 Tucson is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest 7-inch Display Audio system
with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard equipment. Furthermore, Blue Link® Connected
Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services is available starting with Value trim.
A second row USB charger was added in the SEL trim and, to eliminate the need for a charging cord
in the Limited trim, there is an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as
well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Blue Link® Connected Car System

Tucson Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with
enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity
directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door
Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link
features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the
MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link
Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™
smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
 Widgets for easy access to remote features
 Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
 Access to Blue Link notification settings

Source: Hyundai

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