2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets A Makeover And Drops Turbo In Favor Of More Powerful 2.4L

The facelifted 2019 Hyundai Tucson has just premiered at the New York Auto Show, bringing with it changes inside and out.

The most important changes take place under the skin with a revised powertrain lineup. Two engines will be offered for the 2019 model, the first of which is a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder delivering an estimated 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

The range-topper takes the form of a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder offering up an estimated 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. This 2.4-liter replaces the 175 hp, 196 lb-ft,1.6-liter turbocharged four of the outgoing model. Both engines for 2019 are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As is expected of most new vehicles nowadays, the 2019 Tucson can be optioned with a plethora of safety features, including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist, Rain-sensing wipers, Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Driver attention warning. As standard, the crossover gets Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

Tweaked interior and new trims

Inside, the Tucson comes complete with a 7-inch infotainment system offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Additionally, Blue Link Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services is offered for select trim levels.

Speaking of trim levels, the Tucson will be sold in Value, SE, SEL, Sport, and Limited guises. Differences between the trims include bespoke 18-inch wheels for the SEL while all others are offered with 17- and 19-inch wheels. Elsewhere, the Limited receives chrome trim and the 2.0-liter engine is found exclusively in the Value and SE trims, leaving the SEL, Sport, and Limited trim models with the 2.4-liter.

In terms of design, there is nothing significantly different over the current model. Among the most obvious changes are a revised grille, headlights, taillights, tweaked front and rear fascias, and the aforementioned 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels.

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson will arrive in dealerships throughout the United States this fall.

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  • WG

    Looks outdated compare to the new Rav4 and Cx 5.

    • bd0007

      Not really, esp. the new RAV-4 (tho the current design looks better).

      The biggest thing is that it got a much needed interior refresh.

    • TheHake

      I agree that this shaped dated very quickly. The new RAV-4 looks like the bees knees.

    • bd0007
    • Paul

      I don’t think so. Just because they all think they have to be edgy and angular and chopped up doesn’t make them look good

  • Darius Fontenette

    Hmm..can’t say it looks better than the existing model. New infotainment system looks very tacky.

    • Matt

      Yeah, I’m not liking the looks of new infotainment screens from Toyota, the altima, now this among others with buttons & knobs on the bezels. I prefer buttons/knobs, just not on the bezel itself.

  • Leconte Dave

    The existing model look better

  • Soob

    The interior is a improvement, but the outside…not sure.

  • Jay

    i like it more than the new Rav4.

  • no25

    New RAV4 looks way better than this. I know the Tucson is older, but still.

  • Nordschleife

    I always thought the Tucson looked pretty good and I think this is a solid refresh. Considering it is not a all new model, I think the design is a handsome evolution of the current model.

  • Nordschleife

    Well since it is only a re-fresh and the RAV4 is a all new model, that stands to reason overall it would look older. I do think for what it is, it a solid refresh.

  • SteersUright

    The exterior is handsome enough and draws you in. Then you take a look through the glass and see that 10 year old interior and the smile turns to a sad little frown. Why? Just why?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Show me one vehicle in this segment that has a floating display from 10 years ago.

      I’ll wait.

      • SteersUright

        Because you cant install a tablet on the dash of just about any old car nowadays…your point being?

        • Paul

          Because it still looks dumb as it would have back then too.

          • SteersUright

            As dumb, perhaps, as that ancient looking interior in that 2019 Hyundai Tucson perhaps?

  • Sebastien

    I like the current version better. At least they dropped the useless 1.6l turbo. The 2l turbo would be better.

    IMO, the rav4 is the best looking compact SUV from that show yet.

  • Autoexperte

    the interior of the new Rav4 looks better

  • klowik

    I think that grille looks worse.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors


  • The old interior was so much better.

  • Vanishing Boy

    I prefer the previous model.

  • Paul

    I like it. The wedgy edgy choppy look of Toyota and others is not for me

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