Hyundai's design language has raised a lot of eyebrows lately. There's the funky-looking Kona, the Santa Fe with its double-stacked headlights, and the curvy Sonata. Whether you like it or not, Hyundai's latest design direction isn't what you'd call conventional.
Now, the South Korean automaker has applied that to the next-generation Tucson, and it's a revolutionary redesign at the very least. Hyundai has previewed the look of the next-generation model, and it looks like a concept car. The thing is, this is what the production version will be like once the crossover debuts.
The 2021 Tucson draws a lot of inspiration from the Vision T concept shown back in November 2019. From its unique headlight arrangement to the jagged lines on the body, the new crossover appears to have made a clean transition from concept to production. Some details have been made softer, but the road-going version looks nothing like past Tucson models or other crossovers in its class.
If there's one thing Hyundai changed dramatically for the production of Tucson, it would be the taillights. Whereas the Vision T had a slim LED strip, the Tucson has dynamic-looking tail lights. In some ways, it resembles the ones found in the all-new Kia Sorento, also based on the Hyundai Tucson.
For now, there are no photos of the interior. But if Hyundai remains faithful to the sketches, we might be in for quite a treat inside. There's little in the way of physical buttons, and the design is an exercise in flowing lines and minimalism. The entire center console features a floating theme, and that panel houses both the infotainment system and climate control. It also looks like Hyundai is doing away with traditional gear shifters as the sketch shows a push-button electro-mechanical system. Also, the instrument cluster could be digital, which seems to be the way most automakers are going these days.
What about specs, you ask. Hyundai isn't revealing any of it just yet. However, a 1.6-liter turbo-gas engine could make its way under the hood. We're expecting a diesel option as well, given that the Tucson has had one from the start. Plug-in hybrids might be in the cards since Hyundai is investing in electrification as well.
We'll know more about the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson once it makes its world premiere. The all-new crossover will debut on September 15 and be available to the South Korean market first. It might take a while for it to land in the Philippines since other markets will get it first.