The recently introduced third-generation Tucson is currently one of the most appealing options in its class. Compared to its predecessors, the latest iteration of this popular compact crossover shines in almost every aspect. It combines a sleek styling with the latest technology and a dependable engine range. Now, the upcoming model is due to receive a number of subtle innovations. Those include new exterior colors as well as certain safety and convenience features becoming available across the range. So, the changes at Hyundai Tucson won’t be dramatic but they will help this crossover retain its competitiveness. According to some reports, the 2018 Tucson release date will be in the second half of 2017.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Design Changes
When it comes to exterior styling, the Tucson is definitely among the most handsome models in this highly contested segment. Its front end is dominated by a large grille and LED-accented headlights that give it a dynamic appearance. The new Tucson actually features a design language that brings it in line with the sleek-looking 2018 Santa Fe. Under its appealing sheet metal is a chassis that uses more than 50-percent high-strength steel. As a result, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson comes as a class-leading model in terms of safety and stability.
Inside, expect to find a sensible and clean-looking design that makes its cabin a pleasant place to be. The stylish dashboard incorporates simple instrumentation, big air vents as well as knobs and buttons for audio and climate control. Although the 2018 Hyundai Tucson won’t offer the most spacious cabin in its class, it will provide exceptionally comfortable seats. The base Tucson SE comes with such features as a rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels and a USB-equipped audio system. However, we recommend buyers to step up to the Eco trim level that adds 8-way-power driver seats and other amenities.
2018 Tucson Engine Options
Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson will be available with two four-cylinder powertrains. The naturally aspirated 2.0-liter will crank out 164 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. The more potent engine option will be a turbocharged 1.6-liter that produces 175 horsepower. This unit uses a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Both engines come with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
We don’t expect any dramatic changes when it comes to the upcoming model’s starting price. The base Hyundai Tucson SE should cost around $23,500, with the range-topping Limited model starting at about $30,500. The Tucson will once again face some fierce rivals in the form of the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.