2019 Hyundai Tucson Review: New Styling & Tech - IMedia9 - Automotive


Friday, March 30, 2018

2019 Hyundai Tucson Review: New Styling & Tech

The Tucson goes from offering three available inline-four engines to just two, with the 2019 model dropping the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and dual-clutch automatic transmission previously offered on upper trim levels.

The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-banger with 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque that was added to the Tucson lineup for 2018 is now the standard engine on SEL, Sport, and Limited trim levels, while the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder in Value and SE models carries on unchanged with 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, the latter being optional on all trim levels.

The Tucson gets redesigned fascias front and rear, with Hyundai's latest "cascading grille" design. Unlike the Santa Fe and Kona, the Tucson has traditional single-unit lighting clusters that extend from the top corners of the grille.

A smaller, angular set of driving lights sit well below the headlights. Interior changes are less noticeable, but the addition of optional second-row USB charging ports and Qi wireless smartphone charging add convenience to upper trim levels. A seven-inch touchscreen comes standard and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Forward Collision Avoidance and Lane Keeping Assist are standard on all 2019 Hyundai Tucson models. A surround-view monitor, pedestrian detection, high-beam assist, rain-sensing wipers, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, and a driver attention warning system are optional.

Under the hood, the SE and Value grades will feature a 2.0-liter I-4 that’s estimated to make the same 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque as the outgoing base models.  SEL, Sport, and Limited models will have a 2.4-liter I-4 projected to generate 181 hp and 175 lb-ft, replacing the 175-hp, 195-lb-ft 1.6-liter turbo-four. A six-speed automatic transmission will be the only gearbox available on the 2019 Tucson, as the seven-speed dual-clutch unit will no longer be offered.

When it goes on sale this fall, the refreshed 2019 Tucson will be the fifth new or significantly revised crossover Hyundai is introducing by 2020. One of those yet-to-be-introduced models is an all-new three-row model with seating for up to eight passengers that will slot above the 2019 Santa Fe.

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