Just weeks away from launch, the all-new model targets the RAV4 HEV/PHEV and “could” prove to be a true class leader. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 1, 2021 2022 Hyundai Tucson The Parametric Dynamic design language is beginning to grow on me. The all-new Tucson uses the controversial but stand apart Hyundai “Parametric Dynamic” exterior design we have seen on the all-new and 2021 North American Car of the Year, 2021 Elantra. The hybrid models will reach dealership showrooms this spring while the PHEV will be available this summer. 2022 Hyundai Tucson Exterior Up front, half-mirror DRLs are integrated yet deemphasized within the large parametric grille. They are only visible when illuminated. The all-new SUVs ‘Parametric Dynamics’ profile incorporates contrasting jewel-like angled surfaces that stand out from the rest of the segments horizontally based layouts with cladded wheel wells. The long hood and flat roofline plus longer wheelbase w/ short overhangs match the competitors own but the geometric angles and edges create a striking contrast. An upper chrome DLO trim piece begins sliver thin brightwork from the side mirrors and expands as it makes its way across the roofline to a full chrome floating roof like end at C pillar. Following Hyundai’s new 2021 Elantra and 2020 Sonata sedans, the all-new 2020 Tucson features a full-width racetrack tail lamp w/ half-concealed triangular shapes that are visible when illuminated. The Hyundai logo is elevated and integrated into the glass, and the rear wiper is concealed beneath the rear spoiler. 2022 Hyundai Tucson Interior Tucson’s interior, includes a more standard horizontal layout from door edge to door edge but with a twist. The central display, upper dash and vents are moved toward the driver with twin silver garnish lines running from the center fascia to the rear doors. The driver display, lower dash and glove box are set in a few inches adding a unique layered effect for the driver and front seat occupants. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in ten levels of brightness. A 10.25-inch full-touch screen lacks volume and tuning buttons <-- Not a fan of this layout, and a hoodless all-digital instrument cluster within its own high mount display. Tucson’s second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality for easily optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. For extra convenience, a release lever for this function is also located in the rear cargo area. The all-new 2022 Tucson is longer by 6.1 inches, wider by 0.6”, taller by 0.6”, and has a 3.4” longer wheelbase (108.5 inches) than the previous generation. Passenger and cargo volume have increased by 6 and 7.7 cu. ft. to an expansive 108.2 and 38.7 cu ft respectively. 2022 Tucson vs 2021 RAV4 Dimensional Comparison 2022 Tucson/2021 RAV4 Length (in.): 182.3/180.9 Width (in.): 73.4/73.0 Height (in.): 65.6/67.0 Wheel Base (in.): 108.5/105.9 Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 38.7/37.6 Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 108.2/98.9 A large amount of usable cargo volume behind the first and second row seats. 2022 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV Drivetrain The all-new Tucson HEV/PHEV uses the direct-injected and turbocharged 177 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque 1.6L is mated to a std. 6-speed AT. Notice the unreliable DCT mated to the 1.6L GDI-T as other models in the Hyundai lineup is missing? Good on Hyundai! The hybrid powertrain is a std. single clutched 44.2 KW motor between the ICE and AT with a second HSG motor acting to spin up the ICE and recharge the 1.49 kWh pack during ICE-on activity just as Hyundai has used for years. The combined hybrid powertrain also produces an estimated 226 total system hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This hybrid powertrain is 30 percent more fuel efficient than the standard gasoline engine, with 20 percent more torque and provides more than 500 miles of range before refueling. The PHEV features the same direct-injected and turbocharged 1.6L I4 coupled to the 6-speed AT but the PHEV battery is 13.8 kWh providing an estimated all-electric range (AER) of 28 miles. PHEV L2 charging through the onboard 7.2 kW charger takes just under 2-hours from flat to full. Like the RAV4 HEV/PHEV, the Tucson HEV/PHEV models will standard AWD. 2022 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV Chassis The all-new Tucson’s suspension has been refined with electric motor torque controlling dynamic inputs to improve cornering performance. As the Tucson hybrid turns-in to a corner, the electric motor system applies incremental braking 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 torque to the rear axle, increasing the rear tire contact patches for enhanced traction and control accelerating out of the corner. 2022 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV Exclusive Features Remote Smart Park Assist Remote Start with Heated and Ventilated Seats Digital Key allowing you to start the vehicle with your smartphone Wireless Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay 8” color touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 2022 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV Safety The all-new 2022 Tucson includes the Hyundai SmartSense Safety Feature suite. Standard features include: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Ped and Cyclist Detection x Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) High Beam Assist (HBA) Driver Attention Warning (DAW) Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) Optional Safety equipment includes: Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) Safe Exit Warning (SEW)* Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) 2022 Hyundai Tucson HEV/PHEV Standard Warranty and Maintenance Plans Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance and Warranty continue to be the industries best and include a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year anti-perforation warranty, Complimentary Maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations, and I believe the Pack may still be warranted for the life of the vehicle for the original vehicle owner. I will look into that one and add the detail later. 2022 Hyundai Tucson All in, one heck of a nice offering with the latest safety and interior tech, a decent AER PHEV at 28-miles, and loads of passenger and cargo volumes. I wish they had shoehorned in the new 2020 Sonata’s HEVs non-turbocharged 2.0L GDI for reliability and more than likely, better efficiency but the EPA results have yet to be published. We should see those within weeks if not sooner… And of course, pricing. With just 28-miles of AER, single motor drivability quirks, and the turbo's suspect long term reliability vs the RAV4 HEV and Prime with its own 42-miles of AER, an acceptable MSRP will be the key to consumer adoption. All-in, good stuff Hyundai!