What’s New on the 2019 Hyundai Tucson?
Completely redesigned for 2019, the ever-popular Hyundai Tucson made its debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The Tucson has been a popular model in Hyundai’s lineup over the last year as SUV and crossover sales are on the rise. The 2019 Tucson has seen a host of dramatic changes.
“From a design perspective, onlookers will recognize a generational harmony between Hyundai’s new 2019 Santa Fe and the refreshed Tucson,” said Chris Chapman, Hyundai Motor America’s lead designer. “The signature elements of the Hyundai cascading grille and modern-day surfacing found in the rear view create shadowy, dramatic impressions and represent the Hyundai DNA.”
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The all-new Tucson features a familiar, but slightly upgraded exterior design. Its front end has been given a makeover, adding the signature Hyundai cascading grille, redesigning the headlights and Daytime Running Lamps, and switching up the Tucson’s fascias. The 2019 Tucson will also come with a new 18-inch wheel option alongside 17- and 19-inch options with new styling.
The cabin’s main upgrade focuses on increasing technology — both safety and infotainment. Standard across all trim levels are driver-assist features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The Tucson also offers available safety features like a Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Infotainment add-ons include Qi wireless charging and a second-row USB charger. Seating has been reconstructed with a new leather design as well as an upgraded rearview mirror.
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There are two engine options available on the 2019 Tucson, each paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The first is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, producing around 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The larger engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, producing 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 Tucson has been designed to better compete with technology advancements in the segment. “The 2019 Tucson trim enhancements place the modern-day Tucson as a top competitor for CUV shoppers,” said Scott Margason, Hyundai Motor America’s director of product planning. “Additionally, the recent influx of product accolades including Most Dependable Small SUV by J.D. Power and Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as consecutive monthly sales records for the current Tucson, each helped influence the redesigned 2019 Tucson for further market appeal.”
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson will arrive in dealerships later this year.