Hyundai expects the 2022 Tucson, launched in a global reveal Monday night, to become the company’s sales leader in Canada, relegating longtime champ Elantra to second place.
The Tucson has typically lagged Elantra sales in Canada, with 2020 year-to-date sales of 14,394 Tucson models sold to 14,830 Elantras, said Hyundai Canada spokesman Jean-François Taylor.
“And that’s with the outgoing Tucson,” he said. “We expect the new Tucson to surpass Elantra rather quickly.”
Hyundai will find out next year, as the new Tucson — including two hybrid versions — launches in the first half of 2021.
Globally, it will launch with two wheelbases: short wheelbase models in international markets and long wheelbase in North America. The long-wheelbase model measures 4,630 mm (182.3 in.) in length, 1,865 mm (73.4 in.) in width, 1,665 mm (65.5 in) in height with a wheelbase of 2,755 mm (108.4 in.). Cargo volume grows relative to the outgoing model by 109 litres to 622 litres. With the rear seats folded, there’s 1,096 litres of cargo volume.
Six powertrain choices will be available depending on the market, including four gasoline engines and two diesel engines, as well as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.
The powertrain choices announced for North America so far include a 190-horsepower 2.5-litre gasoline engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and two hybrids, including a plug-in hybrid, using a 1.6-litre turbocharged gas engine and electric motor combination that combines for 230 horsepower. All-wheel drive will comprise the bulk of sales in Canada, but front-wheel drive will be available, Taylor said.
Paul Choo, senior vice-president, Hyundai research and development division, said the hybrid’s range means it can drive from Tucson, Ariz., to Los Angeles, a distance of 806 kilometres, on a single tank of gas.
Interesting twists to the new design include what the company calls a parametric lighting system, or “hidden in plain sight,” said Sangyup Lee, head of global design. The LED headlights appear to be parts of the grille until turned on.
The interior comes with a 10.25-in digital instrument panel and an touchscreen centre console. It includes the ability to link with smarthome technology to control lights or heating and air conditioning, and connectivity features that links a driver’s smartphone calendar to the vehicle navigation, providing directions to appointments. It will also come with a digital key, allowing users to unlock and start the vehicle with their smartphones.
Of the seven million Tucsons sold globally since its launch in October of 2004, 261,752 were sold in Canada. Full details and pricing will be announced closer to launch, including a North America-only reveal set for Nov. 9.