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Hyundai Vision T 2021 revealed: Plug-in hybrid concept previews new Tucson design

The Vision T is powered by a plug-on hybrid powertrain, although Hyundai is yet to share any details on it.

Hyundai has taken to the Los Angeles motor show to reveal the Vision T, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept that previews the future design language of the South Korean brand’s SUVs, including the Tucson mid-sizer that should debut next year.

The next-generation Tucson has been spied testing overseas several times this year, and although it was wearing camouflage on each occasion, its connection with the Vision T is now obvious.

Measuring in at 4610mm long, 2014mm wide and 1704mm tall, making it 130mm longer, 164mm wider and 44mm taller than the current-generation Tucson.

While the Vision T features Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, its insert now features active shutters that open and close when appropriate to improve cooling and aerodynamics.

Short of confirming that the Vision T is a PHEV, Hyundai has not confirmed any powertrain details. Short of confirming that the Vision T is a PHEV, Hyundai has not confirmed any powertrain details.

This key design element is flanked by and connected to boomerang-style headlights to create an imposing front end alongside large side air intakes and wide haunches.

From the side, the Vision T shows off its short overhangs, long bonnet, split-spoke alloy wheels, 2804mm wheelbase, wedge-like angles and creases, and gently curved roofline.

In contrast to the front end, the rear has a much simpler design, with four-lamp tail-lights connected by a thin lightbar, while a sporty roof spoiler resides above and a chunky skid plate below.

Measuring in at 4610mm long, 2014mm wide and 1704mm tall, making it 130mm longer, 164mm wider and 44mm taller than the current-generation Tucson. Measuring in at 4610mm long, 2014mm wide and 1704mm tall, making it 130mm longer, 164mm wider and 44mm taller than the current-generation Tucson.

The marque is yet to provide imagery of the Vision T’s cabin, but it’s safe to assume it would be a digital affair if it ever saw the light of day.

Short of confirming that the Vision T is a PHEV, Hyundai has not confirmed any powertrain details. That said, the incoming Tucson is expected to offer the option of hybrid efficiency, with a plug-in set-up now looking more likely.

The brand would do well to introduce a hybrid Tucson, as Toyota’s low-emissions RAV4 has been a smash hit since its Australian release in May, accounting for the majority the mid-size SUV’s sales and therefore prompting delivery wait times up to six months.

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