If one were to describe the styling of the all-new Hyundai Tucson, words such as radical and revolutionary come to mind.

Apart from its crossover profile, the new model bears little resemblance to its predecessor with its wide grille, LED headlights, and the sharp angles. So, there's no mistaking the old for the new, but just how big of a leap is the fourth-generation from the third-generation?

Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image
Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image

Get a load of LED

When you look at the all-new Tucson, it seems that Hyundai is keen to light up the road. Just look at the number of lights the new car has. There are four LED daytime running lights embedded in the grille, and that doesn't include the small LED headlights at the corners of the crossover. That is something that couldn't be said with the older model. The most LEDs you'll get in the previous generation was four, and that's if you include the optional LED headlights.

Did Hyundai go overboard with the lights of the all-new Tucson? It depends on who you're asking. Nonetheless, both have good points at the front. You can describe the 2015 to 2021 model as subtle, elegant, and low-key. The new one is bold, in-your-face, and aggressive. If you're the type of person who would rather blend in, then the third-generation is for you. As for the new one, extroverts might like it more.

Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image
Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image

Folds and creases

But if you think the front looks brash, Hyundai didn't hold back with the side either. Sharp lines, defined creases, and acute angles dominate the sides of the all-new Tucson. It's a stark contrast from the previous model, which has gentle curves and a minimal amount of details.

Both generations have their appeal. The smooth and subtle lines of the previous generation make it look clean and uncluttered. As for the new one, it's a stark contrast. Whatever you think of it, it certainly grabs attention.

Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image
Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image

All about angles

In some ways, the rears of the old and new Tucson are similar, not in terms of design but execution. The back of the 2021 Tucson is tame compared to the front and the side. You can also say the same about the past model, which has a minimalist theme going on at the tailgate.

However, we won't argue that the rear of the new car has a lot more flair and character. Those taillights remind us of a certain French automaker that has a knack for quirky designs. You could even say the back is European-inspired with those “fangs” for taillights.

 
Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image
Compare and contrast: Hyundai Tucson generations back to back image

Buttons? What buttons?

Hyundai is determined to get rid of buttons in the center stack of the new Tucson. It's all screens and touch panels for the new crossover, which is not what could be said in the models sitting in the showrooms right now. The current Tucson has a load of buttons and dials on the center stack, particularly the climate control system.

This is where the two models switch in terms of design. The button-fest in the old Tucson is miles apart from the minimalist approach in the fourth-generation. You could even argue that it looks cleaner and simpler in the new one. Also, the 2021 Tucson breaks away from tradition with its electro-mechanical gear selector, which frees up more space in the cabin.

Revolution

The Hyundai Tucson has come a long way since the first-generation from 2005. Every generation that passed looked significantly different from the ones that preceded it. The first-generation model was upright and rather odd-looking for some. The second-generation became rounded and a bit egg-shaped. By the third-generation, it became sleek and more aggressive-looking. And now, the fourth-generation is all about sharp lines, creases, and angles. Whether you like it or not is up to you, but you can't fault Hyundai for trying. If Hyundai keeps up that trend, who knows what they have in mind for the fifth-generation.