2025 Hyundai Tucson's return to physical controls

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【Summary】Hyundai has unveiled updates for the 2025 Tucson compact crossover, with changes mainly focused on the interior. The new model features a revised front grille and enlarged skid plate, while the cabin boasts a joined digital gauge cluster and infotainment hub, physical controls for climate and media settings, and a wireless phone charger. No mechanical changes have been announced, but current powertrain options include non-hybrid and hybrid models.

FutureCar Staff    Nov 21, 2023 5:15 AM PT
2025 Hyundai Tucson's return to physical controls

Hyundai has unveiled a sneak peek of the upcoming updates for the fourth-generation Tucson compact crossover. Although the version shown is for the European market, the U.S.-spec model is expected to debut early next year. The new Tucson is set to hit dealerships in the U.S. as a 2025 model.

While the majority of the updates are focused on the cabin, there are also some noticeable tweaks to the exterior. The photos released by Hyundai showcase a revised front grille, with fewer lighting elements on either side. The lower fascia of the vehicle now features an enlarged skid plate. Although the rear has not been shown, Hyundai has confirmed that the skid plate at the back has also been enlarged.

Inside the Tucson, the dash has undergone a complete overhaul. The separate screens for the digital gauge cluster and infotainment hub have been combined into a single panel. Additionally, the gear lever has been relocated from the center console to the steering column, making way for a wireless phone charger in its former spot. The air vents have been moved lower on the revised dash, and there are new physical controls for climate and media settings. The updated Tucson also boasts new USB ports on the center stack.

No specific mechanical changes have been mentioned yet. In the U.S., Tucson buyers currently have four powertrain options to choose from. Non-hybrid models include a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with 187 horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbo-4 engine with 180 horsepower. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid options are also available, both utilizing the 1.6-liter turbo-4 engine as their internal-combustion component. The hybrid variant offers 227 horsepower, while the plug-in hybrid delivers 261 horsepower. Non-hybrid models come with front-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. Hybrid models come with all-wheel drive as standard.

The production of the Tucson for the U.S. market takes place at Hyundai's plant in Montgomery, Alabama. The facility has recently undergone upgrades to prepare for electric vehicle production, with the first EV built at the site being the Electrified GV70 from Genesis.

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