Hyundai Official Says New 2021 Tucson Has A “Very Interesting” Design

Hyundai says that the next-generation Tucson which is set to premiere sometime next year will feature a “very interesting” design.

Which Car recently had the opportunity to speak with the South Korean automaker’s product planning manager Andrew Tuatahi who provided some details about the upcoming compact SUV.

“Yeah, we’re definitely working on it,” he said. “We would typically see a final design including all trims, paints, and interior colors about two years before production starts, so we’ve definitely done the final design reviews for Tucson. It can’t come soon enough. It’s very interesting visually, it’s going to appeal to a very broad audience, I think. Probably the biggest shift for the car is going to be style and design.”

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

Although Tuatahi didn’t specify which areas of the new Tucson’s design will be different than the current model, recent spy shots and our own renderings (as seen in the opening photo) have revealed that the twin headlight design of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kona, and Venue will feature but thanks to the presence of a unique cascading grille, will be slightly more appealing to the eye than the aforementioned models.

What Tuatahi did confirm is that the new Tucson will benefit from a vastly-improved cabin.

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 8
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe’s interior pictured above

“Expect to see materials more in line with the Santa Fe [below] across the Tucson range,” he said. “We’ll introduce some new elements with our material design in terms of layout and configuration, things like entertainment and [instrument] clusters will be quite different in that vehicle.”

Hyundai will launch the new Tucson with a plethora of engine options. These will include a 1.6-liter CRDi turbodiesel, a turbocharged T-GDi 1.6-liter developing 180 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol, and a 2.5-liter GDI petrol four-cylinder.


Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

  • Paul

    I tend to think it actually looks quite good. Almost sinister too, like it needs a super high performance variant to go with it.

  • charlotteharry57

    This story keeps being reposted (this is the third time). The grille in the render is palatable (barely) but the one in the photos is not.

    • thejohnnycanuck

      I know, right? Wasn’t that a Foreigner song, Feels Like The Third Time.

      Whatever the case it’s definitely deja ugly all over again.

  • Kagan

    They all say so and we get disappointed every time!

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