Hyundai is now saying it will also offer its Tucson compact SUV as a plug-in hybrid from spring 2021 and is has revealed the first details. This will make the partly-electric motor with a system output of 195 kW and up to 350 Nm torque the most powerful variant in the engine range of the new Hyundai Tucson.
For the Tucson’s PHEV drive, Hyundai is relying on the combination of a 1.6-litre gasoline engine with a 66.9 kW electric motor and a battery with a capacity of 13.8 kWh. This gives the model a more powerful engine configuration than, for example, the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV or the Kia Niro PHEV (104 kW system output each). First and foremost, the electric motor is larger in the Tucson PHEV than in the two electric motors mentioned above (45 kW).
The South Korean company places the electric range at “over 50 kilometres”. Onboard, the Tucson PHEV will be equipped with a 7.2 kW onboard charger – compared to 3.3 kW chargers on the Ioniq PHEV and Niro PHEV. The model comes standard with six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive and features Hyundai’s HTRAC technology for variable distribution of power to the front and rear wheels and a terrain mode selector switch to manually adjust the response of power, torque and braking. Hyundai also offers an optional adaptive chassis for the Tucson plug-in hybrid.
Like the Ioniq, the compact SUV also has an active air flap in the radiator grille to reduce air resistance. It controls the air intake depending on the engine coolant temperature, vehicle speed and other factors.
Inside, users can expect a digital 10.25-inch cockpit and an equally large touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics system. In addition, there are several assistance systems, including a parking assistant that can park and unpark by remote control, an emergency brake function for the rear parking aid and a highway assistant that keeps the vehicle in its lane and adjusts speed.
“The plug-in hybrid powertrain represents a new milestone in the Tucson range,” said Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor Germany. With a choice of gasoline and diesel with 48-volt hybrid technology, as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid, the new Hyundai Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in its segment. The manufacturer has not yet quoted prices for the Tucson PHEV.
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