2022 Hyundai Tucson Design Interior Product Mobility

  • Tucson is Hyundai’s Best-selling Model Globally and Represents its Vision for Progressive Design, Eco-focused Powertrains and Segment-Leading Technologies
  • All-new Tucson is Larger with more Passenger and Cargo Volume
  • Tucson Will Offer an Array of Powertrain Variants, Including New Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Models with Fun-to-Drive e-Handling Technology

John and Katie are current owners of Tucson. In the video prepared by Hyundai, they said the things they would like in a new Hyundai Tucson are more cargo space, more integration of technology, and an automatic start. Guess what is new in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson? Ding, ding, ding. You guessed it! All of the above.

This SUV is one of twelve all-new or refreshed SUVs to come out from Hyundai by the end of 2021, according to the CEO of Hyundai, Jose Munoz.

Hyundai unveiled the innovative 2022 Tucson SUV to U.S. media in West Hollywood, California. The all-new Tucson design derives from Hyundai Design Center concepts expressing its evolving Sensuous Sportiness global design identity. Tucson gasoline and hybrid models will begin availability for the U.S. market in spring 2021, with plug-in models available in summer 2021. The new 2022 Tucson internal combustion models come from the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and Ulsan, Korea.

“Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai’s full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV. With all-wheel-drive capability now added to new hybrid SUV platforms, customers no longer need to choose between all-road, all-weather capability, and outstanding efficiency,” said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president, head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.

The new Tucson appeals to those who actively embrace the integration of technologies with their lifestyle; these open-minded consumers willingly embrace new technologies as a way to integrate and enhance their lives immediately. All-wheel drive capabilities are an example of technology facilitating their active lifestyles, including inclement weather, adverse terrain, and active outdoor adventures.

Parametric Dynamic Exterior Design

“We pursue innovative solutions in design and add emotional value to our product experience through our Sensuous Sportiness design identity,” said SangYup Lee, senior vice president and head of Hyundai Global Design Center.

Tucson’s new exterior styling expresses Hyundai’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness design identity. The new SUV embodies what Hyundai designers call Parametric Dynamics with kinetic, jewel-like surface detailing that emphasizes Tucson’s distinct identity in a crowded SUV segment.

Tucson facilitates integrating technologies with tech-savvy lifestyles; these tech-savvy consumers adopt the latest gadgets to enhance their lives. Tucson’s integration of technology and design is evident in innovative half-mirror-type daytime running lamps (DRLs) that are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille and only visible when illuminated.

Tucson’s side profile conveys powerful forward motion. The long hood and level roofline coupled with a long wheelbase and short overhangs reflect a ready-for-anything dynamic character. Crisp geometric angles and edges create a striking contrast between a sleek silhouette and masculine wedge lines. The chrome line beginning from the side mirrors follows the roofline’s arc with increasing width and subtly conveys speed as it reaches the C pillar.

The kinetic design theme carries over to the rear. The full-width tail lamp incorporates half-concealed triangular shapes visible when illuminated, echoing the DRL theme in front. The Hyundai logo is elevated and integrated into the glass, and the rear wiper is beneath the rear spoiler.

Serene and Spacious INTERSPACE Interior

Tucson’s interior, or INTERSPACE, offers sensuous, multi-layered forms that provide a feeling of openness and serenity. The interspace is a place where space, technology, and information seamlessly blend. The dashboard’s broad ridge combines consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants like a geologic gorge, while a vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console like a waterfall. Twin silver garnish lines streaming from the center fascia to the rear doors harmonize neatly layered surface materials in complementary, neutral tones. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in ten levels of brightness.

The interior offers three new technologies, including a 10.25-inch full-touch screen exempt of hard buttons, a hoodless digital gauge cluster, and multi-air ventilation, a temperature-adjusting system providing diffused airflow on the front passengers. This indirect, diffusing ventilation system reduces potentially unpleasant airflow and is unique in the automotive industry.

These features create a high-tech, fresh and exciting ambiance, with cushioned materials on high-touch areas, various material applications based on the frequency of interface, and an overall premium presence. Tucson’s second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality for easily optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. A release lever for this function is in the rear cargo area.

The new Tucson for the U.S. only offers the long-wheelbase version of the global platform, which is longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation. Moreover, passenger volume increases by six cubic feet to 108.2 cubic feet, and cargo volume has increased by 7.7 cubic feet to 38.7 cubic feet.

Diverse Smartstream Engine Family Line-up

The new Tucson offers both a Smartstream 2.5-liter, a direct-injected, and multi-port-injected gasoline engine as well as 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The new Smartstream 2.5-liter engine, with high-efficiency combustion, cooled EGR and an optimized ITMS cooling system, boasts 187 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, with a targeted combined fuel economy of 28 mpg with front-wheel drive. This 2.5-liter engine works with 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.

Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

The eight-speed transmission for the standard 2.5-liter engine provides quick and crisp shifts for an engaging and efficient driving experience. This automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient trip on the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize frictional losses. Tucson also offers shift-by-wire control of its gasoline transmissions (standard on hybrid models), increasing available console space for other commonly used switchgear.

HTRAC Advanced AWD System

Tucson offers Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport, and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels for a sporty, dynamic experience. This system has a broader range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems. It is tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains

Tucson’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid models focus on a balanced combination of fun-to-drive performance coupled with an excellent economy, compared with a pure efficiency focus at the compromise of driving engagement by many competitors.

The Hybrid powertrain 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine produces an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, with an estimated 226 total system combined horsepower. The hybrid powertrain also has an estimated 258 lb.-ft. of torque from the combined hybrid powertrain, with a 44.2 kW electric motor and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. The Hybrid powertrain delivers this abundant power through an HEV-tuned six-speed automatic transmission for smooth, quiet, and efficient performance. The combined hybrid powertrain is 30 percent more fuel-efficient than the standard gasoline engine, with 20 percent more torque for effortless daily driving. This superb efficiency also provides for over 500 miles of range before refueling for greater driving convenience.

Plug-in Hybrid models feature a high-output 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected hybrid powertrain coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Plug-in Hybrid battery is larger than the hybrid battery, with 13.8 kWh of power, yielding an estimated all-electric range (AER) of 28 miles and estimated fuel economy of over 70 MPGe. PHEV level-2 charging capability takes less than two hours to recharge the system, using a 7.2kW on-board charger. The Plug-in Hybrid powerplant delivers power through a PHEV-tuned six-speed automatic transmission for smoothness and efficiency.

Shared Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Technologies

These new powertrains use cutting-edge engine technology in Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD). This innovative new valve duration technology continually optimizes valve opening duration for optimal power, efficiency, and emissions with minimized compromise in key measures of engine performance. For the first time in a Hyundai SUV, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will also offer standard HTRAC AWD capability to meet eco-focused buyers’ needs with specialized modes for greater adaptability to terrain and weather conditions, including Snow mode.

Both hybrid powertrains also utilize a unique Transmission-Mounted Electric Device (TMED), which helps manage the increased performance required of hybrid SUV applications.

e-Handling Driving Dynamics

Tucson’s driving performance goal was to create a more pure sense of connection between the vehicle and the driver. Driving dynamics match the sporty exterior design, and the handling package is improved, so the new Tucson is even more agile than the previous generation. The suspension has been refined in conjunction with e-handling systems to minimize traditional compromises between sporty handling and superb ride comfort.

Tucson hybrid models feature Hyundai’s e-handling technology, which precisely applies electric motor torque control according to dynamic inputs and road conditions to improve cornering performance for a new level of fun-to-drive dynamics. As the Tucson hybrid turns in to a corner, the electric motor system applies a precise incremental braking force to the front wheels, increasing their tire contact patch on the road surface for enhanced traction and steering response while initiating turn-in. Then, as the vehicle moves to exit the corner, the electric motor applies precise torque to the rear axle, increasing the rear tire contact patches for enhanced traction and control accelerating out of the corner.

Segment-first Exclusive Features

Tucson offers several segment-first exclusive features, including:

Remote Smart Park Assist

Remote Smart Park Assist allows owners to park and retrieve their Tucson from the tightest of parking spaces from outside the vehicle, a very convenient feature. Before a driver attempts to load passengers or luggage, the remote parking function can prove particularly useful, bringing the SUV out of a tight space. The driver uses the smart key to drive the SUV forward or backward into or out of a parking space, garage, or any tight parking situation.

Remote Start with Heated and Ventilated Seats

Remote Start uses a cellular data connection via the Blue Link app that allows an owner to warm up or cool down the Tucson remotely. This remote heating and cooling function include heating and ventilation for the front seats.

Digital Key

Digital Key is a segment-exclusive feature, supported via a dedicated smartphone app. The Hyundai Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely. Users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the panic alert, and start the engine. Digital Key will enable owners to leave traditional keys at home and secure sharing of keys with family and friends. Digital Key is currently compatible only with phones using the Android operating system.

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Tucson now offers an eight-inch color touchscreen coupled with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to stay connected. Wireless pairing automatically connects an Android or Apple smartphone so that the driver can keep their phone in a pocket, backpack, or purse. Owners can also conveniently drop it on an available Qi wireless charger.

SmartSense safety

Tucson offers excellent active and passive safety systems, with various advanced safety technologies as part of the Hyundai SmartSense Safety Feature suite. The new Tucson currently offers more standard and available active safety features than any other SUV in its class to help keep drivers, passengers, and others out of harm’s way.

Munoz says the twelve new SUVs will help Hyundai meet the goal of selling 1 million EVs by 2025. Stay tuned.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be made in Montgomery, Alabama.