Hyundai is gearing up for a mid-life update of its popular mid-size family SUV, the Tucson. This refresh comes at a crucial time as the competition in this segment heats up with the impending arrival of the new Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot E-3008. Thankfully, Hyundai isn’t resting on its laurels.
From the spy images we’ve seen, it’s clear that the new Tucson will sport a subtly refreshed front fascia, featuring new LED headlights and a slightly tweaked grille. While we’re not anticipating a radical design overhaul, there’s a chance it might draw some inspiration from the US-market Hyundai Santa Cruz, aligning its aesthetics more closely with the all-new Kona.
What’s certain is that the Tucson will maintain its existing design language, rather than adopting the blocky and utilitarian look of the latest Santa Fe.
In addition to these exterior tweaks, the prototype also conceals a new wheel design. While we don’t anticipate major changes to the overall body, a refreshed rear bumper design is likely, complementing the existing rear light clusters.
Inside, the Tucson will undergo a refresh as well. Expect revised materials and trim, along with the latest versions of Hyundai’s digital interfaces. It remains uncertain whether the interior will adopt a single-pane dual-screen setup like the Kona and Ioniq models. Such a change would necessitate a significant redesign of the entire dashboard layout, which may or may not be in the cards.
Hyundai will continue to focus on hybrid powertrains for the Tucson, with mild, full, and plug-in hybrid options likely to see improvements and expansions. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive will be available, offering a wide range of specification and powertrain choices for buyers.
The new Tucson is poised for a reveal either later this year or early in 2024, with sales commencing shortly after. This timing allows it to welcome its sleek new competitors into the market confidently.