The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will hit the markets with a couple of upgrades and changes. However, the biggest news will be the iconic “N” version. Yes, Hyundai is working on the high-performance Tucson N variant. This model will arrive in 2021 and it will produce over 350 horsepower. Besides the N version, Hyundai will slightly change the base Tucson model.
Some updates are already announced for 2020 and Hyundai will build on that in the future for sure. We can expect a new grille and a new set of headlights. Also, the Korean automaker will improve the comfort from the inside. That even includes some new high-tech features. On top of that, we can expect a new optional engine.
We will stick to the base model for now. When it comes to design, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson will get mid-cycle refreshments. However, the 2020 model will also get numerous changes. That means the 2021 Tucson will look very different when compared to the current model. For the start, this SUV will look way more attractive.
Tucson is based on the Santa Fe model and it will surely borrow some cues from its sibling. Of course, some parts will be completely new and unique. Hyundai will offer a new set of headlights and a new grille. Thanks to that, the front fascia will look totally different and fresh. The rear end will gain smaller upgrades such as new reverse lights and reshaped taillights.
From the inside, the forthcoming 2021 Hyundai Tucson will look very modern and stylish. Comfort will be better than on the current model. Infotainment display will be larger and we can expect more upscale materials. The interior design is already beautiful, but the all-new model will surely look even better.
For the start, the center stack will be completely redesigned and new gear shifter will be available. Another category where Hyundai will look for improvements will be the safety of the passengers. That means the arriving SUV will gain numerous driver-assistance features. Tucson will remain a perfect SUV for families and longer trips.
Engine and Transmission Options
Engine department is still a mystery. Whatsoever, there are still some rumors about the 2020 Tucson and its changes under the hood. However, a 2.0-liter engine will remain standard choice on the base model. This unit can produce 165 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. Optionally, a 2.4-liter engine surely remains as this is a relatively fresh unit. The naturally-aspirated engine delivers 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of twist.
Unfortunately, Tucson still does not offer dual-clutch or CVT transmission. That means the 6-speed automatic gearbox is the only option left. However, the 2021 Tucson could introduce novelties in this category. Fuel economy of the standard engine is rated at 26 mpg combined. The optional unit comes with an even better rating, 29 mpg to be precise. Some fans are still disappointed that there is no engine with more power. However, the 2021 Tucson could offer the famous “N” variant.
Hyundai Tucson N is Happening
Hyundai will finally introduce the high-performance version of the Tucson SUV. Latest reports are suggesting the return of the “N” variant. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson N will arrive with a new engine that will deliver at least 340 horses. The all-wheel-drive system would be available as standard.
Also, Tucson N will arrive with a unique suspension system and all-new brakes. Moreover, the design will be sportier and aerodynamics will be astonishing. We can expect a meaner look, especially up front. N version is currently in production and it will arrive at some point in 2021.
2021 Hyundai Tucson Price and Release Date
Speaking of price, we still need to see the price of the 2020 model. The current model starts at $23,000. That means the 2021 Hyundai Tucson will hardly cost below $25,000. Thanks to the numerous trim levels, Tucson will offer more luxurious variants that will cost up to $35,000. Tucson N will be priced at $40,000 or maybe even higher. Hyundai’s newest SUV will go on sale in the second half of 2020.