With the outgoing model having sold over fifteen thousand units, Hyundai has finally revealed the 2022 Tuscon and are ready to take on the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Rav-4 – to name a few. We got a chance to sample the all-new fourth-generation model in sunny Johannesburg.
For 2022, the Hyundai Tucson is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. It is built on a completely revamped platform called the N3 platform, which is said to be more robust and offers higher levels of refinement and efficiency. There are three trims available (Premium, Executive, and Elite) as well as two engine choices – a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel – for the striking 2022 Hyundai Tuscon.
Up front you’ll notice that the all-new Hyundai Tuscon comes with a brand-new fascia incorporating a dark chrome grille on the Executive and Elite models with either three or four alloy wheel options. (17 to 19 inches depending on the trim level). The most noticeable feature upfront is the stylish daytime-running LED lights integrated into the grille. The rear receives LED combination lamps with a light bar.
Step inside and the interior has been completely redesigned compared to the outgoing model. The Elite model we sampled has electrically adjustable leather seats that are heated and cooled, while an 8-inch portrait touchscreen with wireless screen mirroring takes care of media and other functions.
The ergonomically designed cabin makes accessing the infotainment system easier for the driver, and the 10.2-inch digital driver’s display makes selecting options effortless and clear. In the cabin of the all-new Tuscon, the soft-touch dashboard is simplistic yet modern. As a result of the longer wheelbase, rear passengers also benefit from a larger cabin and more legroom.
The boot has increased slightly from 488 litres to 539 litres with a 60:40 split. As for the driving experience, we had the opportunity to test drive the top-of-the-line 2.0-litre diesel Elite model. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that only drives the front wheels, as opposed to the outgoing model. A healthy 416 Nm of torque is provided by the all-new Smartstream 2.0 New R Diesel, which produces 137 kW.
Hyundai has made a lot of effort to improve the efficiency, handling, and overall refinement of its vehicles. This is due to the new dampers and inclined strut bearings.
A front MacPherson strut and a rear multi-link suspension ensure a superior level of comfort and handling. The throttle response has also become sharper, which is apparent when you floor the pedal. Regardless of the driving mode, it reacts immediately and without frustrating the driver.
With our current fuel price situation, it is worth noting that frugality is at the core of the model, averaging just under 6L/100kms during our 165-kilometre launch route that comprised of both city, highway, and gravel driving.
While the launch of the model was bliss, we will report on everyday usability once we have the model for an extended test.
Overall, we think that Hyundai has taken substantial strides in ensuring that the all-new Tuscon not only looks terrific but drives even better. The level of refinement, efficiency, and level of specification for each trim is noteworthy. The safety and advanced driver systems are also up to par or better than some of the segment rivals.
The 2022 Hyundai Tuscon is priced from R519 900 for the entry-level NU Premium AT and tops out at R699 900 for the range topping R2.0 Elite Turbodiesel AT.
The all-new Hyundai Tucson is sold with a 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a 6-year/90 000 km service plan and roadside assistance for 7 years or 150 000 km.
Words & Photography by Kumbi M On Cars
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