The upcoming 2018 Hyundai Tucson is a stylish compact crossover and its enhancements including changes in powertrain and safety technologies make it more capable of taking on contenders from stables of Ford and GM. There is no way you can overlook the growing popularity of compact crossover SUVs these days. From the small time players to luxury German automakers, everyone has a player or more in that fast-growing segment. The Hyundai is in no mood to let others have the fun and so it has revamped the Tucson for 2018.
2018 Hyundai Tucson – Changes in Design
The 2018 Tucson is a little larger in size than the predecessor. The Tucson comes in 4 trims- SE, Eco, Sport and range-topping Limited. The exterior design has resemblances with its bigger sibling, the Santa Fe sport. The hexagonal grille and geometric headlamps look nice.
The cabin of 2018 Hyundai Tucson is stylish and attractive. The base trim actually has lots of hard plastics. Things get better in Limited trim, and that is natural. The Limited trim gets bigger 8-inch touch screen as well. Its front seats are quite comfortable but back row seats are not sliding. The cargo space is where it lags a bit and default cargo space is 31 cubic feet. The cabin thankfully has many small item storage bins and compartments. Its cabin is also ideal to accommodate 5 persons.
Technology and Entertainment Features
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson is well equipped with technology and entertainment features. The Base SE trim gets satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, cruise control, rearview camera. In Eco trim, you get LED headlight accents, roof rails, fog lights. The Sports trim features 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats. However, in the Limited trim, you get LED headlights, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, the navigation system, HD radio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Furthermore, for Limited trim, you can buy an Ultimate package which has heated rear seats, forward collision mitigation, ventilated front seats and adaptive xenon headlights.
The standard safety items in 2018 Tucson are stability control, antilock disc brakes, airbags, and also a hill descent control. The blue link telematics system is now standard on the Limited trim alone.
2018 Hyundai Tucson – Powertrain Options and Transmission
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson SE gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which makes 164 HP. It is paired with six-speed automatic transmission unit. The three trims get a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 175 HP. Furthermore, it gets a dual clutch seven-speed automatic transmission unit. As per online rumors, the Hyundai may also launch a model with Fuel Cell with long range capability. Such a model was made in 2014 but this one is going to be more advanced. The turbocharged engine is peppy but not ideal for acceleration lovers. However, the Hyundai offers three driving modes—Eco, Normal, and Sport.
2018 Hyundai Tucson – Price and Debut Time
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson pricing begins at $ 23,600. Top Limited trim price is around $35,000. Finally, it will be released in late 2017.
Summing it up
The Hyundai Tucson is a decent compact crossover with nice styling and decent amenities. In cargo space and safety, it lags a bit. However, it still offers great value for money.