The C-segment crossover is on the uptake once more it seems. Aside from the all-new Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester making their presence felt at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai was also present with the refreshed 2019 Tucson.
Featuring a redesgined exterior, along with new technologies and amenities, Hyundai is set to maintain their foothold in the lucrative compact crossover segment.
Starting with its exterior, the 2019 Tucson now gets Hyundai's familiar Cascading front grill along with sharper-looking headlights and new L-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs). Both the front and rear bumpers, along with the foglights and taillights, also received design tweaks that make them look more prominent than before. Wheel choices, on the other hand, vary from 17- all the way to 19-inches. Rounding everything up is the sporty exhaust finisher that is available only on mid to higher trim levels.
Step inside and the changes are more noticeable for the 2019 model refresh. For starters, it gets a new center stack which is dominated by a new generation 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Hyundai's own Blue Link Connected Car System. In a nutshell, Blue Link allows users to remotely start their car, set the climate control to a desired temperature, send points of interests to the car's onboard navigation as well as use Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Beyond the new infotainment system and repositioned center aircon vents, the 2019 Tucson also benefits from an updated instrument cluster, electronic parking brake, new trim material / finish, and new leather seats and rearview mirror. Also available on higher-grade models include a second row USB charger and Qi wireless phone charging.
Under the hood, the 2019 Tucson does away with the 1.6-liter turbo inline-four. Now, it's only available with two naturally-aspirated direct-injected inline-fours. First up is the 2.0-liter motor which puts out 164 PS along with 204 Nm of torque. Last but not the least is the 2.4-liter mill that generates 181 PS with 237 Nm of torque. Both are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that comes with manual-select.
In terms of safety kit, the refreshed Tucson can be specified with the following: forward-collision assist with pedestrian detection, high-beam assist, rain-sensing wipers, surround-view monitor, smart cruise control with stop-and-go and driver attention warning.
“The 2019 Tucson trim enhancements place the modern-day Tucson as a top competitor for CUV shoppers. Additionally, the recent influx of product accolades including Most Dependable Small SUV by J.D. Power and Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as consecutive monthly sales records for the current Tucson, each helped influence the redesigned 2019 Tucson for further market appeal,” said Scott Margason, director of product planning at Hyundai Motor America.