2021 Hyundai Tucson Will Bring Dramatic New Looks And More Curb Appeal

Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson has been doing quite the spy rounds lately. In recent weeks, our photographers have snapped test mules with camouflage seemingly being peeled back more and more every time.

Thus, we now have a good idea of what the dramatic new front-end will look like, so let’s see what else we can expect from Hyundai’s next compact crossover, from design to powertrains.

Stunning Style

The South Korean automaker is currently on a roll with stylish new products such as the Sonata, Venue and Palisade, and according to Hyundai’s vice president of styling, Sangyup Lee, the next Tucson will be even more breathtaking to gaze upon.

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Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

This is reflected in a dazzling new front end, which incorporates Hyundai’s cascading grille into the upper LED headlight cluster. The main beams are positioned lower, forming part of the side air intake in an angular fashion. The aggressive theme flows into the angular fenders as well, making for a dynamic side view. Rear styling features a chiseled rear bumper with a prominent diffuser and sleek LED tail lamps.

Under The Skin

One drawback of the current Tucson is its so-so cabin and presence of hard plastics. For 2021 this will been rectified, with the SUV offering a much more premium interior ambience thanks to cleaner styling, better quality materials and various leather upholstery colors and contrasting stitching.

We can also expect a plethora of tech goodies like an integrated 12.3-inch horizontal infotainment screen, a digital key that allows the Tucson to be unlocked & started using only a smartphone, and wireless phone charging. Driver-assist features will consist of standard adaptive cruise control, forward-collision braking, lane-following assist, rear-collision braking and a blind-spot monitoring system that features a video feed into the digital instrument cluster. Remote parking will also be available, which means the new Tucson can be maneuvered in and out of tight parking spaces via remote.


A number of engine options will be available with its arrival. These will range from a 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel carried over from the current car, a turbocharged T-GDI 1.6 producing 180 hp and 195 pound-feet (264 Nm) of torque, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, and a 2.5-litre GDI four.

Fuel conscious buyers will be offered the SmartStream 2.0-litre hybrid plucked from the Sonata, feeding a combined 192 HP to the front wheels through a six-speed hybrid automatic transmission.

Non-hybrid variants will channel power to either the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed auto gearbox. Go-fast fans can also expect a hot N Line variant to come on stream at a later date too.

Rivals & Reveal

The fourth-generation Tucson will battle it out for crossover supremacy in global markets against Ford’s new Escape/Kuga, the Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue/X-Trail, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Skoda Karoq, Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan, Peugeot 3008 and, last but not least, its platform stablemate, the Kia Sportage.

Toyota’s new generation 2019 RAV4 will be one of the Tucson’s main rivals

Expect an official reveal in the coming months, whilst sales won’t commence well into next year, as a 2021 model.

What do you think of the new Tucson’s radical new looks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Spy photo credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • Sébastien

    Nice Q8 inspiration, hopefully the interior will be even better than the Audi’s

  • kan hu


  • Jason Panamera

    Nice Bentley.

  • Maykel

    Pretty close. Hope there’ll be an N variant.

  • charlotteharry57

    OMG. THAT’S stunning? It’s even more dreadful than the previous renders. What is Hyundai thinking?

    • pissedoffjuicebox

      I think it looks fine, the way they hid the headlights and give the illusion they’re still on top of the grille is very well executed. Wheels look great in the real spyshots.

  • thejohnnycanuck

    So that’s it, we’re down to who can stick the ugliest front end on their 2-box crossover.

    Congratulations Hyundai. If that’s even close you go to the head of the pack.

  • exeptor

    Nissan Murano … call me maybe 😁.

  • Greg Richards

    It still looks a bit like the Mercedes EQC at the front. I like it it should sell well.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Glad I’m not the only one who saw that…



    Nissan Murano inspired…

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      How? Where?

  • no25

    You’re blind as a bat if you think this looks good…and the new RAV4 looks really good especially compared to this atrocity.

    • kan hu

      RAV4 is UGLY

      • no25

        OKAY, sweetie! Thanks for sharing! Way to upvote your own comment to make yourself look better. You’re amazing!

        • pissedoffjuicebox

          Someone’s triggered…

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          RAV4 is hideous and continues the Toyota tradition of using cheap interior materials.

          It sells on price and name alone.

  • Nordschleife

    The rendering looks good. I’d buy it

  • kan hu
  • PhilMcGraw

    Isn’t the RAV4 the best-selling car in it’s class? I guess you seem to be in the minority then.

    • pissedoffjuicebox

      It is, people buy it for being a Toyota first and foremost. I don’t think it’s ugly, definitely better than some of Toyota/Lexus’s creations.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Best selling doesn’t mean it is best.

      McDonald’s sells the most hamburgers, are they the best?
      Applebee’s was once the largest sit down chain in the US, are they the best?

      Toyota sold a lot of RAV4s due to fleet sales and massive continual rebates on the hood. People will buy a lot of anything if it is cheap just like Applebee’s and McDonalds.

  • SteersUright

    Looks beautiful, sophisticated and expensive in that render. Too bad they have yet to make a singe set of beautiful wheels. With that, this SUV would be a total knockout.

    • Mr. Nobody

      Horses for courses. I like those wheels. Audiesque.

  • chris

    this covered up looks way better than anything in its class already

  • klowik

    Hyundai moves the main headlight lower to where the fog lights and indicator lights were and move the indicator and the daytime driving light up…that seems to be right since most SUVs nowadays are sitting higher up, so moving the front headlight down seems logical.

    • Alduin

      Meanwhile Jeep fixed their hideous 2014-2018 Cherokee design and made it normal looking for 2019 the way it was supposed to look.

  • Toronado_II

    This grill has to make his way to the rest of the line-up !

    • SgtBeavis

      Agreed, that is a MASSIVE improvement.

  • David Abowitt

    As long as they do an integrated infotainment screen and not a etch-a-sketch looking screen I will be begging for it. My wife has an ’18 and I’m about to come-up on a new lease and I won’t go with the current Tuscon or Santa Fe because the interiors material need refinement and I can’t stand the etch-a-sketch screens. To bad I will have to wait until the next 3 year cycle.

    • Marc Gruben

      You do realize the “etch-a-sketch” allows larger screens and lower dashboards and if there’s an issue with the screen, it’s easily replaced. It also makes it easier to upgrade the screen as graphics processing capabilities increase. I agree it’s not the most aesthecially pleasing but from a production standpoint, it makes perfect sense.

      • David Abowitt

        Yes, there may be some technical advantages to using this type of screen but to me it still looks like an etch-a-sketch from my childhood. It is a personal taste and I have to like everything about the car I purchase/lease from the wheels, tires up to and including the layout I will be looking at everyday.

  • David Abowitt

    Also, need to go with a a turbo-4 that gets into the 240+HP range like the CX-5 does. Then it will be a straight-up replacement for BMW X-3, Audi Q5 etc… Also, would like to see more aggressive large exhaust tips (2x) on them. Example, like the CX-5 but larger like the BMW X-3. More like the Alfa Stelvio style. Would look sweet.

    • Alduin

      The new CX-5 is weird looking. Tint head and tail lights makes the overall design look akward.

  • ctk4949

    That is a nice looking grille!! Like how the headlights are part of the grille.

  • Stephen G

    “The fourth-generation Tucson will battle it out for crossover supremacy against the Chevrolet Equinox”…Not unless it can tow 3500 pounds.

  • Alduin

    Holy crap thats ugly.

  • Six_Tymes

    That render looks very cool

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