All-new Hyundai Tucson arrives in PH with a more daring look

It's not only the Creta that Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc (HMPI) has released details about. One of the brand's best-selling vehicles in the country is now on its latest generation, and it's now available at dealerships.

Say hello to the 2023 Hyundai Tucson, and boy is it a looker. Appearing a lot more aggressive than its predecessors, the all-new compact crossover comes with new high-tech features, a more stylish cabin, and improved gas and diesel engines.

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Like the Creta showed yesterday, the Tucson sports a bold new grille that comes with embedded LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the headlights are placed on the bumper which gives the Tucson a very distinct face. Complementing the Tucson's more stylish front end are the aggressively-styled LED taillights that come with a fang-like finish.

As for the rest of the body, Hyundai didn't hold back in applying defined character lines, sharp creases, and angular shapes. Perhaps Hyundai borrowed some inspiration from French design. Hyundai even put fenders that bulge out of the body - giving the Tucson a wider stance. Last but not least, the Tucson is available with 18-inch wheels on the gasoline variant and 19-inch alloy wheels on the turbo-diesel version.

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In terms of size, the Tucson measures 4630mm long, 1865mm wide, and 1665mm tall. It also has a ground clearance of 181mm and a wheelbase of 2755mm.

Open the doors and the crossover greets occupants with a stylish and tech-laden cabin. The interior itself features a wraparound design which gives the illusion of a cocoon-like cabin. Over to the center stack, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available across all variants.

Other standard amenities include an automatic climate control panel, leather seats, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, an 8-speaker sound system, a wireless charging pad, and USB charging ports. Exclusive amenities available only to the top-spec diesel version are the powered tailgate and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

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Under the hood, the 2023 Tucson is available with two 2.0-liter Smartstream four-cylinder engines. First is the naturally-aspirated gasoline inline-four that makes 156 PS at 6200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The other engine is a turbo-diesel inline-four that produces 186 PS at 4000 rpm along with a meaty 416 Nm of torque at 2000 – 2750 rpm. Instead of a 6-speed automatic, the turbo-diesel is paired to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

When it comes to safety, the Tucson is jam-packed. It has anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, downhill brake control, (AKA hill-descent control), trailer stability assist, reverse camera, parking distance warning, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a host of airbags (dual front, side & curtain, front thorax & curtain).

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Colors available for the new Hyundai Tucson include; Amazon Gray, Crismon Red, Deep Sea, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, and White Cream.

Pricing for the 2023 Hyundai Tucson is as follows:

2.0 GLS A/T Gas – PHP 1,570,000

2.0 GLS+ A/T Diesel – PHP 1,840,000