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.”
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.
“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.