There is no question that the launch of the all-new Hyundai Tucson on September 15 is a highly anticipated one.
There are not a lot of details about the next-generation model Tucson just yet, even though we’ve already seen the crossover’s big bold grill that lights up together with the LED taillights inspired by the Vision-T concept in a previous teaser.
In this new set of teaser photos, however, Hyundai is showing off how they're testing and proving the capabilities of the new crossover.
Based on the photos, the next-generation Tucson is seen undergoing a battery of punishing tests like pulling trailers, tackling steep gradients, and more. Just like the current-generation Tucson, Hyundai will continue to offer the next-generation with all-wheel-drive.
According to Hyundai, the rigorous final evaluation process included high-speed driving at the Nurburgring and even high-altitude tests at the Swiss Alps. At the same time, the automaker wanted to show the towing capabilities by attaching a trailer to the prototypes in nearly all of the photos.
The most interesting out of all the “spy” photos provided by Hyundai shows a camouflaged prototype driving through deep waters. The manufacturer says the new Tucson can be driven through water with "a depth of 20 to 30 cm”. This alone shows that the new Tucson is more than just another crossover for the city with a pretty face.
As much as we want to go over the Tucson’s styling, it’s hard to see all of the changes since the crossover is still heavily camouflaged and is fitted with false panels. In fact, the only recognizable design cue on the upcoming crossover is the big bold grill that lights up at the edge. No powertrain details have been revealed either apart it having an all-wheel drive system.
With the new Tucson set to debut next week Monday, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before it arrives in the Philippines.