Kona, Santa Fe, Venue and Palisade. These four utility vehicles made splashes for Hyundai in their respective segments when they made their debuts. Boasting expressive exterior styling, and completely revamped interiors, they all played there part in rapidly expanding Hyundai’s presence in the SUV and CUV wars. But amid those names, one has remained out of the limelight, Tucson.
Hyundai is out to change all that though, and has unveiled a set of new teaser images to prove that the Tucson is no longer a forgotten afterthought.
We won’t blame you if you didn’t notice it at your local Hyundai dealer, the current generation Tucson is the sole remaining member of Hyundai’s lineup that’s indeed need of a styling overhaul, and it’s been awhile since it received a substantial update.
While the shadowy images the company released of the new one do not show much detail, they reveal enough of the essentials to get our attention. The front grille for instance looks bigger than before, and the front fascia as a whole has obviously been tuned to be far sportier than prior iterations of Tucson. The rear fascia also embraces a far sportier design, with a new design for the lift gate, as well as a reworked bumper.
But while other details will have to wait until the model is formally unveiled, the Korean car giant prefers that you focus your attention on the lighting itself, which serves as the supporting narrative of these teaser images. Dubbed “Parametric Hidden Lights” the fancy name highlights the hidden portions of the daytime running lights, which are cleverly located in the grille work. When the lights are off, they appear to vanish and mesh with the rest of the assembly.
However, when darkness falls, the lights reveal themselves, and it certainly gives the front fascia a very bold and dare we say intimidating appearance at night. The rear lights don’t have the ability to hide themselves, but they are a radical departure from the old model, with tasteful jagged angles growing out from the bottom mounted unified light bar.
Hyundai claims that the new Tucson will be noticeably bigger and wider than the old model which could mean occupants will benefit from increased amounts of passenger room especially leg room. Like the 2021 Kona that made its appearance earlier today, no U.S. market related information was released, with this model being one for the international market. That’s fine with us, since many new Hyundai and Genesis models tend to trickle out to those markets first, before we get our chance at them a bit later.
Along with the bold displays generated by the lighting, Hyundai also revealed one lone teaser image of the interior for the upcoming Tucson. While it’s only a rendering, and looks like something you would see in a wild concept car. It’s safe to assume that it also previews some of the more basic features that we could see in a production version.
That could include items such as a push button style shifter, large screens, as well as a dashboard that appears far sportier than what is in use now. The advanced haptic button system for the infotainment system and other controls is an item that catches our eye right away, and it appears to embrace a newfound sense of minimalism and modern flair, which cannot be said for the controls in the current model.
The world won’t have long to wait though, with Hyundai set to reveal the next generation Tucson on September 14th. Look for more clues to emerge over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, Hyundai released a brief teaser video of the Tucson which can be seen below.