The forthcoming 2019 Hyundai Tucson will hit the dealerships in the coming months and will arrive with plenty of improvements. However, the improvements are less than expected which come as a disappointment. Numerous sources were saying the all-new Tucson will be based on the Santa Fe model, but that is not going to happen. Furthermore, the third-generation is present since 2015 and many of you think the time has come for a complete redesign. Instead, mid-cycle updates will happen.
This SUV will get some exterior upgrades both at the front and at the back. Moreover, new wheels are in the offer. The interior will get the most updates, which includes a new dashboard design. Under the hood, the 2019 Tucson will keep its existing engine. Some powertrains are not available anymore and some will gain extra power.
2019 Hyundai Tucson changes
When it comes to exterior updates, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson will get plenty of them. However, nothing significant will change and the overall shape and dimensions will remain. Up front, the radiator grille is reshaped and will look closer to the Santa Fe’s grille. That means the grille now comes with the inward curves, mostly on the lower sides. The headlights will feature LED units and will arrive in the slightly different layout.
At the back, the rear fascia will get the upgrade and smaller reverse lights. The license plate is larger now and the reflectors are sitting higher in the body. The side profile gains new wheels. 18-inch rollers are all-new, while the 17 and 19-inch wheels will get a heavy redesign. The rest of the exterior will remain the same, just as the 2015 model when the third-gen started.
2019 Hyundai Tucson interior updates
The interior of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson is the part that suffers the most updates. The customers weren’t that happy with the Hyundai’s laziness as the interior is the same as three years ago. Now, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson comes with some significant upgrades. The aging look is partly gone but some of the designs and features are still annoying. The leather seats are new, along with the door trim panels and central armrest. The center console now offers cupholders that are sitting closer to the center stack.
With that in mind, the gear shifter is closer to the driver, finally. HVAC console will carry over and above the console, a new floating display looks brilliant. Thanks to the floating display, dashboard sits lower than before. The upper dash will get a small revision and all-new 7-inch infotainment screen is standard. The infotainment system is up to date and it supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. New review mirror looks more stylish and generally, the cabin looks modern.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson really dominates the safety segment. Safety rating is great and this SUV offers plenty of safety aids as standard. A forward collision-avoidance assist and lane keeping assist is in the offer, just like the pedestrian detection and smart cruise control.
Rain-sensing wipers, high-beam assist, surround view monitor and some other features are available on the list of optional systems. Overall, with some additional money, you can fully equip your 2019 Tucson and get yourself one of the safest SUVs on the roads.
2019 Hyundai Tucson powertrain options
Under the hood, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson comes with slight improvements. It is another year where South Korean carmaker disappoint. Instead of deploying an all-new drivetrain as promised, Hyundai is again opting for an aging 2.0-liter unit. This engine produces 164 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque. This unit comes as standard on the base and SE trim levels. We strongly recommend you to skip this option. A 1.6-liter turbo engine is gone and is replaced by 2.4-liter naturally aspirated drivetrain. This engine delivers 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of twists.
Again, Hyundai made some bold promises about delivering more power. The 2.4-liter unit delivers only six horses more than the previous 1.6-liter turbo mill. Moreover, a 6-speed automatic transmission is the only choice. That means you can forget about the 7-speed or even dual-clutch gearboxes.
When it comes to fuel economy, the numbers we are going to represent are not official yet. The standard 2.0-liter engine will deliver 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are the same as on the current model and nothing will change in that department for sure. The 2.4-liter drivetrain will most likely provide 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
2019 Hyundai Tucson price and release date
The price of the all-new 2019 Hyundai Tucson will start at around $22,000. The latest updates will reflect on the slight price increase, but nothing significant. Upper trims are available for $28,000 and higher. This SUV will go on sale in the coming months. The competition is strong and the most likely rivals are Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Outback.