Plug-in hybrid versions heat up rivalry with RAV4 and CR-V

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Hyundai on Monday unveiled a new fourth-generation version of its compact Tucson crossover, which includes hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

While Hyundai has yet to unbox the numbers for things like fuel economy, electric range, or battery size, the addition of these models includes a much more expressive new design and new tech features. noteworthy should add a lot of appeal to the lineup. This should also result in a highly competitive 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid against the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Honda CR-V Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid, and a Tucson 2022 plug-in hybrid which is a challenger to the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Ford Escape. Plug-in hybrid.

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In the Tucson hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, a 1.6-liter turbo-4 develops 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, with a total output of 230 horsepower. It is mated to an electric motor system that connects to an 8-speed automatic transmission, largely mirroring the setup of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

A 51 hp permanent magnet synchronous motor fits near the input shaft of a Sonata Hybrid 6-speed automatic, with a clutch to decouple the motor from the motor and transmission.

Hyundai officials said in a presentation that the hybrid version would have enough fuel economy to travel from Los Angeles to Tucson in about one tank of gasoline – about 485 miles.

Tucson hybrid models also have what Hyundai says is top-notch electronic handling technology, in which the drive system itself will help improve directional stability.

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Some of the tech features that appear in the Tucson seem eerily appropriate, as we write from the quality of air smothered by wildfires, like the ability of climate control to monitor air quality and purify the air accordingly. The feature, which Hyundai previewed last year, has its own laser-based fine dust sensor and is the first model on the market, according to Hyundai, to have complementary technology to reduce humidity – and therefore odors – in the air. – conditioning evaporator.

The engine itself features Hyundai’s Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) emission reduction technology that debuted in the 2020 Sonata family, allowing it to selectively change the duration of the intake cam. and, effectively, temporarily altering the compression ratio of the engine.

A new in-home car feature allows owners to control smart devices from the car, pre-cool or preheat the vehicle (including seats and steering wheel – with a simple voice command). Additionally, the digital key system that is now offered in the Sonata is also available here, allowing a smartphone app to function effectively as a vehicle key, with lock and unlock capabilities and remote engine start or air conditioning control up to 90 feet away. .

Another cutting edge feature that the Tucson will inherit from the Sonata is its remote self-parking, allowing the vehicle to snap into position when you pull away.

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Hyundai says the Tucson’s infotainment system will have improved connectivity with smartphones and devices – yes, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the ability to connect two phones at a time – and improved voice recognition for its system. navigation. A Blue Link suite of connected services is free for three years.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson goes on sale in the first half of 2021. Expect more on the Tucson Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids schedule, as well as their US specs, prices, gas mileage and more, in the coming months.

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