After the recent unveiling of the all-new Tucson in September, Hyundai confirmsan addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Combining the 1.6l 4 cylinder engine with a 91HP electric motor, the new model offers 265HP of max power and 350Nm of torque.
The all-new Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is also equipped with an Active Air Flap that adjusts air intake depending on the engine coolant temperature, vehicle speed, and more. The purpose of this function is to minimise air resistance and maximise fuel efficiency.
A 13.8kWh lithium polymer battery should be good for a tad over 50km of range in full EV mode.
- 1.6 T-GDi engine with 180HP
- Permanent 91HP electric motor
- 13.8 kWh battery for 52 Km full electric range
- Plug-in from home wall box
Thanks to a clever placement of the high voltage battery on the underbody, the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid offers generous space and legroom inside. Rear passengers can enjoy 955mm of legroom. Meanwhile, boot space has even been increased compared to the previous Tucson, offering 558 litres (+9%) overall for luggage with the seats up and up to 1,737 litres (+15%) with the seats folded.
As with the other powertrain variations, the plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Tucson stands out for its progressive design, integrating sharp lines, angles and shapes, as well as the signature Parametric Hidden Lights. A host of human-oriented technology features enable an intuitive user experience, including a 10.25-inch digital cluster without a housing and a 10.25-inch AVN display with Hyundai Bluelink® connected car services. Bluelink® users can also check the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid’s battery charge level and manage charging settings via the app.
True SUV, almost
Four-wheel drive comes standard on the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid. It is equipped with Hyundai HTRAC four-wheel drive technology and a Terrain Mode selector for safe driving on challenging terrain. HTRAC can variably distribute driving power to the front and rear wheels depending on traction conditions and the driving state, while the Terrain Mode selector will optimise power, torque and braking depending on the road conditions selected by the driver.
The optional Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) uses adaptive damping technology to provide versatile driving characteristics, depending on the situation and driver preference. The ECS automatically and continuously controls the vehicle’s dampers to maximise driving comfort and performance. Drivers can also adjust the ECS and steering characteristics by choosing Eco or Sport Mode.
Unfortunately, we will not see it in the showroom until spring 2021. Prices are yet to be confirmed for the region, but expect a 40,000USD range. Compared with what’s out there… great value.