Hyundai has given its popular Tucson midsize SUV a timely facelift that includes subtle exterior and interior changes, and a tech boost.
The 2019 Hyundai Tucson’s face differs from the current model with newly shaped headlights and DRLs, and curved lines on either side of the “cascading” grille. The rear fascia and tail-lights are also revised, and there are different alloy wheel designs.
The Tucson’s interior receives an i30-like dashboard design with a floating 7.0-inch multimedia interface, fresh instrument cluster, and rear-view mirror. Top-spec models are fitted with redesigned leather seats.
Connectivity is enhanced with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a second-row USB socket. A Qi wireless device charger is available on selected models.
Safety is also boosted, with Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go that makes traffic jams a bit more bearable, driver attention warning, and high-beam assist.
A surround-view monitor has joined the safety equipment list, though this is not yet confirmed for the Australian market.
There doesn’t appear to be any changes to powertrains, performance or handling.
The 2019 Tucson is due to launch in the Australian market in the third quarter of 2018 and will have a big fight on its hands, against all-new versions of the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester, which have also been announced at New York. Then there’s the all-conquering Mazda CX-5, which is also about to gain a mild update.