Hyundai has unveiled the first official photos of the 2024 Tucson facelift, more than three years after the model's September launch. This new version features redesigned equipment and an external and interior appearance.
With a few small adjustments, the facelift preserves the unique "Parametric Dynamics" design language. Hyundai highlights that the updated design has a more dynamic appearance and embodies the company's forward-thinking vision for transportation in the future.
The new Hyundai Tucson has a striking radiator grille design with a strong interplay of thin, angular lines that is enhanced by concealed "Parametric Jewel" daytime running lights. When compared to the model before the makeover, the grille components and DRLs are now sparser. There is an increased angle to the headlamp cutouts and the reprofiled bumper. Notably, the alloy wheels have been redesigned, and the narrow silver "skid plate" now extends to both ends. For a more cohesive appearance, the rear skid plate has also been horizontally expanded.
The new Tucson gets a lot of improvements inside, including a dashboard that is more in line with the style of the Ioniq 5. The integrated dual-screen horizontal arrangement, together with a matching full-width AC vent strip, replaces the previous 'waterfall' style. The inside has been updated with a new three-spoke steering wheel that looks like the one seen in the newest Ioniq EVs, but without the Hyundai badge. Furthermore, similar to the majority of Chinese EVs, the gear selector in the center console has been moved to the steering column stalk, providing a roomy space for storage between the front seats.
Hyundai hasn't disclosed any updates to the technology or specs, but all of the amenities from the previous model should be retained. Additionally, the engines from the outgoing model can be retained in the SUV. When the model is introduced in other regions, expect additional information to be released about the improvements to the engines and onboard technology.
The 2.5-liter inline-four engine that powers the Tucson by default generates 178 pound-feet of torque and 187 horsepower, which is respectable but uninspired. A 0-60 "sprint" takes more than 9 seconds, according to acceleration testing from many sources, making it one of the slowest cars in the class. With standard front-wheel drive, the EPA predicts fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg overall; with optional all-wheel drive, the numbers rise to 23/29/25 mpg.
In 2024, the Tucson will receive an upgrade in safety gear. Not only are rear seat side airbags now standard, but so are rear outboard seatbelt pre-tensioners, seatbelt reminders for every seat, and haptic steering wheel input for the lane-keeping and blind-spot warning systems. There are further improvements to the features. More trim levels now come with the 10.25-inch touchscreen, including the SEL Convenience and all hybrids; dual-zone temperature control is now standard on all except the lowest trim; and there is a 64-color option for the ambient lighting. Thankfully, the hybrid is now also available for the N-Line trim level.
Hyundai intends to make an announcement shortly on the safety improvements and engine specs. Early in 2024, the updated Hyundai Tucson is expected to be unveiled in Europe; launches in other regions will come later.