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New Hyundai Tucson 2021 teased: Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival will look radically different

Engine details remain under wraps for now, but it is expected the new Hyundai Tucson will score a hybrid powertrain.

Hyundai has begun teasing its crucial new Tucson mid-size SUV, which will do battle against Aussie favourites such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 when it is expected to land in showrooms next year.

Promising a ‘revolutionary’ design overhaul, the three teaser images released today show an ultra-modern, sleek crossover with wild styling along the same veins as the Kona crossover, rather than the more conventional aesthetics of the current Tucson.

From the front, Hyundai has fitted ‘Parametric Hidden Lights’ which look like an extension of the grille, with winged daytime running lights helping emphasis the stance of the Tucson.

Denoting its SUV status, a front skid plate can also be glimpsed, while the creased bonnet adds a sporty flavour.

The rear image reveals sharp, almost claw-like tail-lights, which – as is standard in all modern car designs – are connected via a lighting element.

A contrasting rear diffuser can also be seen, adding to the new Tucson’s athletic stance.

However, it might be the interior that draws the most attention, with a large central multimedia touchscreen, digital instrumentation and what appear to be touch controls bringing the fourth-generation Tucson well into the 21st century.

Mechanically, the new Tucson will be bigger than before, which should hopefully translate to more interior room of occupants, but a long wheelbase version will also be made available in select markets.

Hyundai is staying quiet on what engines will be powering the new Tucson for now, but speculation points to a 254kW 2.5-litre N-badged flagship, a 213kW N-Line grade and a petrol-electric hybrid to stick it right to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

The fourth-generation Tucson will be revealed globally on September 15.