Hyundai’s next-gen Tucson adopts 2 wheelbases with bold makeover


Hyundai said the fourth-generation Tucson will be the first nameplate in the compact-crossover segment to be offered with two wheelbase options.

(From 2013 to 2018, Hyundai sold two versions of its midsize crossover — the two-row Santa Fe Sport and the three-row Santa Fe.)

U.S. sales of the Tucson rose 1.2 per cent to 57,941 in the first half, ranking it No. 8 in the compact-crossover segment behind such heavyweights as the Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox.

It ranks slightly higher in Canada, coming in at No. 6, ahead of the Canada-made Equinox. First-half sales totalled 9,044, down 34 per cent, due mainly to the pandemic.

The exterior design aims to convey a “kinetic jewel-like surface,” highlighted by an intricate grille accentuated by a daytime running light signature that juts out from the centre like a pair of wings.

The updated Tucson is bigger and wider than the outgoing version. The long hood and short overhangs lend a coupe-like profile. Designers aimed for a taut, athletic look.

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