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All-new Hyundai Tucson 2021: High-tech hybrid revealed to rattle the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5

The all-new Hyundai Tucson has been revealed.

The all-new Hyundai Tucson has been revealed, with the mid-size SUV packing a quiver full of new arrows to take down arch rivals the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5.

As one of Hyundai's most popular global models, the Korean brand has thrown just about everything it's got at the new Tucson, promising petrol and diesel versions, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, and even a sporty-feeling N-Line variant.

Exterior

The Tucson is available in two sizes; A long-wheelbase version and a short-wheelbase car. The Tucson is available in two sizes; A long-wheelbase version and a short-wheelbase car.

But first, let's just soak in the design for a moment. Hyundai calls the exterior styling its Sensuous Sportiness design identity, but the headline feature is easily what the brand refers to as "parametric dynamics", but what you or I might call the vaguely reptilian scales the line the new-look grille, which sit below the claw-swipe body lines that run the length of the bonnet.

Add to that the layered headlight design, the angular rear lights, or the muscular wheel arches and architectural-look alloys, and you're left with an aggressive, premium-looking SUV.

The Tucson is available in two sizes; A long-wheelbase version that stretches 4630mm in length, 1865mm in width and 1665mm in height, riding on a 2755mm wheelbase, and a short-wheelbase car that drops the length to 4500mm. Australia, though, will only get the LWB cars.

Interior

Short answer? The Tucson's interior is lightyears ahead of the car it replaces, strolling into premium territory in the top-spec models with its leather-wrapped touch points, and sleek integrated touchscreen sitting above the digital air-con controls. Hyundai says the Tucson's cabin is designed to wrap around passengers like a "deep gorge", and it takes on a minimalist feel thanks to its flat-lay, push-button drive selector, and the general lack of buttons and switches.

The cabin is swimming with storage nooks, and Hyundai says the Tucson will serve up 1095 litres of storage space with the second row folded.

Technology

Top-tier cars get a 10.25-inch screen that displays your navigation settings, as well as a 8.0-inch touchscreen. Top-tier cars get a 10.25-inch screen that displays your navigation settings, as well as a 8.0-inch touchscreen.

Hyundai is promising plenty of all-new tech for the Tucson, including the ability to turn your smartphone into a car key, meaning you can lock or unlock the car, start the engine and set up the climate settings from a phone app while you're up to 27 metres away.

Top-tier cars get a 10.25-inch screen that displays your navigation settings, as well as a 8.0-inch touchscreen that gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That system pairs with a BOSE stereo in the top-spec models, while internationally, the the Tucson gets a "car-to-home" function that allows owners to activate smart home appliances - like a connected air-conditioner, for example - from the car.

Safety

AWD versions of the Tucson get Eco/Comfort/Smart/Sport/Mud/Sand/Snow driving modes, while the brand's SmartSense safety suite offers Highway Driving Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitor, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Surround View Monitor, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, Remote Smart Parking Assist, High Beam Assist and a Driver Attention Warning.

Engines

The Tucson will launch in Australia in the first half of 2021. The Tucson will launch in Australia in the first half of 2021.

Initially, the Tucson will be offered with newer versions of the current engine line-up, including a 2.0-litre diesel, 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre turbo-petrol, but the brand in Australia is also investigating the launch of the Tucson's new hybrid powertrains, too.

Internationally, the Tucson gets a 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain that produces a combined 171kW and 348Nm. That drivetrain is available in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid guises.

Australian Market

The Tucson will launch in Australia in the first half of 2021, with pricing and specification details to be confirmed closer to launch.