2019 Hyundai Tucson with mild-hybrid power revealed

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson medium SUV has been significantly updated, with a host of styling, equipment, interior and powertrain changes aimed at making the RAV4 and CX-5 rival more appealing and better buying.

The new front end includes a sharper grille, new LED headlamp signature including daytime running lights( DRLs), foglamp housings and taillamps that are more integrated with the car’s body, with new rear bumper too.

The big news is the addition of what Hyundai calls a mild-hybrid starter generator (MHSG), which combines a 2.0-litre, 137kW turbo-diesel engine to a belt-driven starter generator and a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 0.44kWh, and a 48V electrical system. This means that 12kW of electric motor is on hand to capture energy and assist the vehicle with propulsion, with the effect being significantly lower fuel consumption.

Other updates include a standard Qi-enabled wireless phone charger like the i30, revised interior with softer materials, new vents and climate control switches, plus a new floating touch screen unit. The 2019 Tucson should go on sale in Australia later this year. It is presently one of the best-selling medium SUVs, following Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 very closely. What do you think of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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