The Hyundai Tucson is brand’s entry-level small crossover SUV. As per its dimensions, it takes a position between the compact and subcompact niche and can be considered as an alternative to the vehicles such as Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, etc. With this model, you will get the stylish vehicle with the versatility of the compact crossover but also peppy turbocharged powertrain, comfortable ride, top safety ratings and modern tech features. The next version of this model is 2018 Hyundai Tucson and it should bring modest changes.
New for 2018:
The third-generation of the Tucson entered the scene for the 2016 model and this redesign helped it to improve sales. More attractive, more comfortable, better equipped and better on the road, the new-generation Tucson should get your attention. However, the Tucson received a few tech upgrades and some interior tweaks for the 2017 model as well. On the other hand, the 2018 version should bring some tech and safety features to lower trim levels and new color options will be available.
2018 Hyundai Tucson: Styling
The exterior design of the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Tucson won’t change from that what we can see on the current model. The last redesign made this vehicle somewhat more attractive and aggressive. The model implements brand’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language which debuted on the Genesis sedan. It also has many similarities with its larger family member, the Santa Fe.
The front fascia of this model includes brand’s familiar hexagonal grille design that has three horizontal bars and is flanked by sharp headlights which fit nicely to its design. Nicely sculpted front bumper also adds into its front-end appearance.
However, the Tucson is nothing less attractive from the profile side thanks to the pronounced fenders and beltline. The dynamic design also continues to its rear side where it features modern taillights and nice contours in the bumper area.
Inside, it features simple but effective design. The dash is well-arranged with functional controls and material quality is satisfactory. The new model might bring some upgrades in material quality which will rise model’s value.
On the other hand, the Tucson will also be comfortable and will offer modern tech and safety features. It will include comfortable front seats with improved power functionality. The brand’s infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility will also be available but we expect that it won’t be reserved for the top Limited trim as it is in the current version.
More advanced safety features should also be accessible in lower trims. The model will offer lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, backup sensors, pedestrian detection and automatic braking, etc.
2018 Hyundai Tucson: Powertrains, MPG
On the mechanical front, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson will come with familiar engine options. The base Tucson will get power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine uses direct injection and can produce 164 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission routes power to standard front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is optional.
The fuel economy will remain close to the current ratings. Expect 26 mpg combined with FWD and 23 mpg with AWD.
On the other hand, a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine will produce 175 hp and torque of 195 lb-ft. It comes in pair with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Available with this engine will also be front- and all-wheel drive. FWD will return around 28 mpg combined while with the AWD it should be 27 mpg combined.
2018 Hyundai Tucson: Arrival, Price
Expect that 2018 Hyundai Tucson will arrive in summer 2017. We would see some price increase because of more equipment which should be available in the lower trims. The current version starts from $22, 700.