The current generation Hyundai Tucson is only three years old but the Korean automaker is giving it a nip and tuck for 2019. Last week, our spies sent us the first-ever photos of the said crossover. Now, this batch of pictures show the car undergoing vigorous winter testing.
It's still difficult to make out just how this facelifted Tucson will look like. Judging from the heavy camouflage, it seems like Hyundai isn't just giving the crossover a new set of lights and a grill. They even went as far as covering the doors with false panels. Could Hyundai just be trying to throw off the spies?
However, there is one hint suggesting this is a model update and not an all-new model. One look at the window line reveals similarities between this prototype and the current car. So what will the revamped Tucson look like? Judging from their current styling efforts, the 2019 Tucson could get a bolder, sleeker look as they transition to another stage of Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language.
Given the amount of false panels on the car, it's expected to see reshaped sheet metal on the fenders and on the hood. Headlights and grill will surely be redesigned as well but as to what extent is yet to be known. The same goes for the completely covered up rear section of the crossover. A closer look at the tail lights do reveal a new pattern.
As for engines, the range will likely be a variety of gas and diesel options. Worldwide, the current engine options consist of a turbocharged 1.6-liter gas engine, a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four, a 1.7-liter turbodiesel and a more powerful 2.0-liter CRDI. It is possible that all these engines will get an update in some way, either for more power or for better efficiency. A new engine might also join the range but that has yet to be confirmed.