2019 Hyundai Tucson Revealed With Diesel Mild Hybrid Powertrain

In addition to the slightly updated styling inside and out, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson becomes the company’s first-ever model to get a diesel mild hybrid system.

The powertrain combines a 2.0-liter oil burner with a 0.44kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery, LDC converter, inverter and starter generator, and has in-gear deceleration and braking energy recuperation.

Thanks to this combo, the automaker claims that the compact SUV offers up to 7 percent improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “The most powerful” diesel engine in the 2019 Hyundai Tucson’s lineup comes with 186PS (183hp / 137kW), which are channeled to both axles via a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

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“With our new mild hybrid powertrain system for our best-selling model, we are further expanding the company’s electrification strategy to make clean technologies accessible for even more customers”, said Hyundai Europe’s VP for Marketing and Product, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann. “It will be available in combination with more engines in the future, as part of our highly diverse mix of electrified solutions.”

Hyundai will launch the 2019 Tucson across the European continent this summer, with pricing to be announced. Developing won’t stop here, because the compact SUV will get yet another mild hybrid powertrain next spring, featuring a 1.6-liter diesel engine.

Over in North America, the revised SUV will be offered with two petrol engines: a 2.0-liter unit with 166PS (164hp / 122kW) and 205Nm (151lb-ft) of torque, and a 2.4-liter unit with 184PS (181hp / 135kW) and 237Nm (175lb-ft) of torque. The latter serves as a replacement for the outgoing turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol option.

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  • PK

    nice interior!

  • TheHake

    All the complexity and cost of a hybrid system for a 7% improvement??? Crazy.

    • Rocket

      It’s a mild hybrid, which limits both cost and complexity. You’ll see a lot more of them as the industry transitions toward pure electrification.

      • TheHake

        It can’t justify the cost. There is a whole additional electrical system, consisting of batteries, electrical motor(s), lots of wiring and a complex interface with the ICE. All that for 7% improvement in consumption? It’s ridiculous.

        • Rocket

          And what exactly is the cost? You seem to know, so please share.

    • Six_Tymes

      true, I wonder also what the weight increase was

  • klowik

    It looks worst than before!!

    • Six_Tymes


  • diesel_vdub

    Looks like they stuck an Etch A Sketch on the dash.

    • Six_Tymes

      HAHAHAHA! spot on! I really dislike that tacked on non integrated design for nav screens

    • brn

      Oddly enough the trend was popularized by luxury automakers. I don’t get it.

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