This Funky 2021 Hyundai Tucson Render Is Actually Based On Real Prototypes We’ve Seen

In production since 2015, the third generation Tucson has almost reached retirement age. Its successor is just around the corner and will debut possibly as early as next year, with a substantial visual update that will bring it closer to the mid-sized Santa Fe.

Prototypes of the compact crossover haven’t shed their skin yet, but they have provided us with valuable information on some of the 2021 Tucson’s key design details. Here’s where Kolesa’s work comes in play, with the digital images attempting to fill in the blank spots, or rather, the black and white camo patches.

Naturally, the first thing you’ll notice is the gigantic grille inspired by the one of its larger sibling that seemingly blends with (very) small headlights and an aggressively styled front bumper, which are evident on the test cars.

Also Watch: Consumer Reports: 2019 Hyundai Tucson Is Better, But Still Needs Some Improvements

While the face of the new-gen Tucson looks pretty funky, the rear end is, in comparison, less provocative, being an evolution of the current car with slimmer taillights, reshaped bumper and new tailgate design. It’s anyone’s guess whether these renders are spot on or far from the actual product, as the heavy camouflage and plastic cladding wore by the prototypes make it hard to spot all of the the major styling updates.

Beneath the skin lies the same platform of the Santa Cruz pickup. This means that the two vehicles will share some of the engine lineup, with the 2.5-liter turbocharged and naturally aspirated units being expected in North America, coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Europeans, on the other hand, should get smaller power units, with the 1.6-liter GDI and 1.6-liter T-GDI probably being on the list. A diesel engine is very likely to be introduced too, as well as the hybrid powertrain found in the Sonata. Front-wheel drive will be standard, whereas all-wheel drive will be offered in higher grades.


Renderings courtesy of Kolesa

  • LJ

    No too shabby. More attractive than the current model.

    The Mazda CX-5 still takes the style crown, though.

  • William rowe

    looks good, much better than the elantra failed redesign

  • Zcat

    A mini Blazer from the front.

    I believe Chevy is already updating most of their “High-riding” hatch cars to have the same front aesthetic.

    But then again, I think they copied it as well?

    • cldcjd

      More like mini Santa Fe from the front which came out well before the Blazer. If you want to go even further back you can point to Citroen or Jeep Cherokee.

      • Zcat

        Yeah. Read my last line. I just didn’t mention the previous models specifically.

  • Richard Taylor

    This is really attractive to me, but does it step too far into Mercedes EQ territory?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      The concept the grille is inspired from predates the EQ concepts.

  • Dredd2

    stolen benz eqc front?

    • Rj Mansfield

      Hyundai LeFilRouge Concept front end. Predates the EQ series

    • MarketAndChurch

      more like a general evolution of a common design direction that every automaker has either made before (Ford, VW, Mercedes, Honda), or will make going forward.

  • Toronado_II

    The grill is bold, but a lot better than the one that we see on the line-up.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Looks really sweet.

  • charlotteharry57

    The front end might be accurate, but the rest of it is too similar to the current one. I do think that front end is beyond hideous. But it’s probably accurate, seeing that Hyundai is going for hideous these days.


      No one cares. Next

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    That’s okay…

  • Alpina

    For me, the front end is a step back if it will look something like this. The only thing wrong with the current Tucson is dated interior, engine deficit and consumption. The current grill is instantaneously recognizable and a looker, this is just meh. Is it Merc, is it Nissan, I just do not know 🙁
    P.S. The same thing happened to Focus IMO.

  • Rot
  • Bash

    Looks nice, probably that blue is not the best color though.

  • Alduin

    Yikes that doesn’t look good at all.

  • Harry_Wild

    Ugly illustration!

  • GTR nismo


  • donald seymour

    YES! I absolutely love it.

  • Paul

    It looks pretty good.

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