New Hyundai Tucson on sale in Australia

Mid-size SUV scores more tech, safety, three powertrains and a simplified range

Hyundai Tucson 2021

Talking Points

  • Three variants – Tucson, Tucson Elite, and Tucson Highlander
  • Three drivetrain options
  • N-Line styling pack option
  • Higher entry-level pricing

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson range has officially gone on sale in Australia, starting from $38,338 driveaway.

The mid-size SUV will be available in three different variants from launch – the baseline Tucson, Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander.

There will be three different engines and three different gearboxes on offer for the Aussie market too, depending on the variant chosen.

These will become available over time, with the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol-powered Tucsons the first to go on sale Down Under, the turbo 1.6-litre petrol engine due between May and June, and the turbo-diesel-powered variants expected in Australia from about July.

2022 Hyundai Tucson (base model)
The entry-level Tucson comes with 2.0-litre auto powertrain with six-speed manual no longer an option

The 2021 Tucson range starts with the eponymous entry-level Tucson, which will only be available with a naturally aspirated 'SmartStream' 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic only – the six-speed manual will no longer be offered, which means you'll have to pay more to enter the Tucson club.

Power is rated at 115kW and 192Nm, with the drive being sent exclusively to the front wheels.

The base variant comes standard with an eight-inch multimedia unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 4.2-inch supervision cluster, power-folding automatic side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing headlights and LED daytime running lights (DRLs).


The cheapest Tucson also comes with Hyundai's 'SmartSense' advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that includes:

  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Junction Turning function  
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist  
  • Rear Parking Distance Warning  
  • Leading Vehicle Departure Alert 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist 
  • Rear Occupant Alert 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System  
  • Rear View Monitor 
Tucson Elite

The mid-spec Tucson Elite can be had with the same four-pot and FWD configuration, or a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that sends its power (132kW/265Nm) to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

The Elite will also be available later this year with the 137kW/416Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed torque-converter automatic that will also power all four wheels. 

Tucson Elite

Equipment-wise, the Elite gains a 10.25-inch navigation multimedia unit, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a powered adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, Smart Key with push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels.

It also gains additional ADAS functions, namely, Rear Occupant Alert and front parking sensors. 

Tuscon Highlander

The Tucson Highlander also be available with all three drivetrain options. 

The range-topping Tucson features a futuristic, 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

There is also a memory driver’s seat, an eight-way powered passenger seat, BOSE Premium Audio, LED cabin lights and ambient mood lighting, and smart power tailgate.

Tucson Highlander
Tucson Highlander 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display

It also gains Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, 360-degree Surround View Monitor, and a Blind-Spot View Monitor.

The Highlander stands from the outside too with Multi MFR LED headlights, LED tail-lights, a dark chrome grille with hidden DRLs, a silver-painted skid plate, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Tucson N-Line (prototype)

An N Line styling pack be available later in 2021 for all variants and adds the following features:

  • 19-inch N Line alloy wheels
  • N Line exterior body kit
  • LED headlights and taillights (if not already available on donor variant)
  • Gloss Black grille with hidden DRLs
  • Silver-painted N Line skid plates
  • A 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster display (if not already available on donor variant)
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • N Line steering wheel
  • N Line badging.

Specifying the N-Line pack adds $3500, $2000 and $1000 to the price of the entry-level, Elite and Highlander variants respectively.

The all-new Tucson is also offered in a choice of eight mica and metallic exterior colours including Crimson Red and Deep Sea Blue that cost an additional $595.

The 2.0-litre petrol 2021 Hyundai Tucson variants are on sale right now across Australia.

2021 Hyundai Tucson pricing

  • Tucson 2.0L FWD – $34,000

  • Tucson Elite 2.0-L FWD – $39,000

  • Tucson Elite 1.6L turbo AWD – $43,000

  • Tucson Elite 2.0L turbo diesel AWD – $45,000

  • Tucson Highlander 2.0L FWD – $46,000

  • Tucson Highlander 1.6-L turbo AWD – $50,000

  • Tucson Highlander 2.0-litre turbo diesel – $52,000

N-LINE Pack (from Q3 2021)

  • Tucson - $3500
    Tucson Elite - $2000
    Tucson Highlander - $1000

Premium paint - $595
Grey interior trim - $295
Brown interior trim - $295

All prices exclude on-road costs.


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