2019 Hyundai Tucson Debuts with new and fresh Tucson crossover at the New York auto show this week. Hyundai updated the styling and reworked the Tucson’s engine lineup. Thenbiggest changes are on the front fascia. The grille of the 2019 Tucson now sports a more concave curvature and four slimmer horizontal bars instead of three within the grille itself — that’s the easiest way to tell it apart from the 2018 model. The front bumper features some new sculpting as well, with horizontal lines above the inlet-housed daytime running lights that follow the contours of the lower grille.If these changes sound subtle that’s because they are, and the rest of the changes are also on the lighter side. Hyundai massaged the rear fascia, the headlights and the daytime running lights, and added a new 18-inch wheel design while also restyling the 17-inch and 19-inch wheels.
The design of the center stack has been updated
The design of the center stack has been updated, on the inside. Also with the shape of the leather seats and a few smaller items like the vents and the rearview mirror.
There’s a new engine has 2.4-liter inline-four with 181 hp that naturally aspirates. A 175 lb-ft of torque on tap will replace a turbocharged 1.6-liter four for 2019. The junior engine in the range will now be the carryover 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is pair with Value and SE trims, serving up 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The beefier 2.4-liter, which joined the lineup in 2018, is pair with the top three trims: SEL, Sport and Limited, and both powerplants are pair with six-speed automatic tranmissions.
Hyundai is also expanding the range of standard safety features with this update. It will add lane and keep assist and forward collision avoidance assist as standard features. Still, a few safety and convenience features are options that customers will probably want. That includes a surround-view monitor, smart cruise control with stop-and-go, rain-sensing wipers and pedestrian detection.
The producer hasn’t announced pricing for the updated Tucson lineup. Don’t expect a big difference from the $23,000 neighborhood of base Tucson models.