Next-Generation Hyundai Tucson To Have A Santa Fe-Inspired Face

Hyundai has started testing the next-generation Tucson and according to our sources, big changes are afoot for the SUV.

Let’s start with the looks, shall we? The following Tucson prototype is bathed in thick camouflage and body cladding but even still, there are some obvious styling elements that will differentiate it from all previous Tucson models.

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First and foremost, the new Tucson appears set to receive the similar split headlights to the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kona, and Venue. Complementing these new lights will be a re-designed front grille that drastically alters the look of the new car. It is impossible to determine what the rear of the new SUV will look like but it will certainly share some traits with other Hyundai models.

It’s not just the looks that will separate the new Tucson from the old one. Sources tell us that it will be powered by Hyundai’s new Theta3 2.5-liter engine complete with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine will be sold in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged configurations and likely be the sole powertrain options in the United States.

Buyers across Europe are likely to be offered 1.6-liter GDI and 1.6-liter turbo T-GDI engines as well as an unspecified diesel. It is also possible the new 2.0 GDI HEV hybrid engine from the Hyundai Sonata will be offered in select Tucson models. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations will be available.

Few other details about the next-generation Hyundai Tucson are known but, with that being said, the South Korean car manufacturer has decided to base its forthcoming Santa Cruz medium-sized pickup truck on the same architecture as the new Tucson. Consequently, it will likely share the same engines.

Both the next-generation Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Santa Cruz pickup will probably be built at Hyundai’s plant in Alabama.

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  • Six_Tymes

    good, the current looks outdated already.

    • yonceous

      it’s too bland tbh

  • WalthamDan

    I hope they don’t turn the front into another catfish-inspired visual like the mess on the upcoming Sonata.


      The new sonata is better looking and stylish than the current model. What drugs are you taking recently

      • WalthamDan

        Not that front clip. The rest of the vehicle looks much better.


          Well it looks better than the current one

  • yonceous

    we’re here for it but it needs to stand out against the new crv and rav4 but it’s Hyundai’s strongest seller so it should sell great

    • bd0007

      Biggest thing the new Tucson needs is more interior space (as it lags quite a bit behind the CR-V and RAV-4 in that dept.); based on the spy shots, looks to have grown at least a little bit in size.

  • Harry_Wild

    With a more powerful engine offering it will be a great contender against the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC!

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They’ve got Genesis for that. The upcoming GV70 will compete with those…


        Wow, you actually know about cars. I’m proud of you. I’m giving you a star on your desk.

  • ME

    I would have rather seen a smaller Palisade

    • Arct1c

      I don’t even want to see the regular Palisade. Why would anyone rather see a mini version of that hideous thing?


        You on drugs again?

        • Arct1c

          Says the guy who is replying to everyone’s comments because he’s so offended when people do not like his precious Hyundai brand?

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Says the guy that got his panties in twist whenever someone figured him out for taking drugs. Take this L moron

          • Arct1c

            There’s no L to take, idiot. I called a car ugly, and I am on drugs? You’re insane.

            Keep liking your own comment. You can’t get approval from others, so why not fake it with an upvote from yourself?

  • Jawohl

    Hope they sort the dangerous troublesome dual clutch gearbox.


      what are you talking about moron?

      • Jawohl

        It’s beyond your comprehension. Move on.


          You can’t explain it because you got no answer. I understand of your low IQ

          • Jawohl

            ”I understand of your low IQ”
            I thought you Mexicans spoke good English?

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            -thinks i’m mexican.

            What kind of BS assumption you ameritards come up with. LOL

          • Jawohl

            I don’t think…

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Please, stop embarrassing yourself boy.

          • Jawohl

            Build that wall???

  • Arct1c

    LOL you’re hilarious. I am pretty sure you’re the one on drugs since you cannot properly form a sentence; YOU got offended because I called the Palisade ugly (which it is – anyone with working eyes can see that); you’re still at it 2 days later; you act like a child; your username is even something only someone on drugs would use. Get out of my mentions you psychopath. Get a job. Get a life. Go buy a damn Hyundai since that is all your worth. Bye.


      LMFAO can you please fix your english before coming after my perfect grammar, you triggered wet dog. ???

      • Arct1c

        Okay, child.


          triggered beta male

          • Arct1c

            Looks who is talking, idiot.

          • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Hey girly, relax and get the base in your voice.

  • pissedoffjuicebox

    Not a fan of the crocodile face in general, but Hyundai executes it better than Jeep ever has.

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