2022 Hyundai Tucson Evolves in Style

For most of its 35-year history selling vehicles in the United States, the funk laid heavily over Hyundai. Excels, Tiburons, Scoupes, Azeras, XG350s—some utterly awkward-looking machinery wore the italicized H badge. But lately the company has been on a design tear. Under Belgian-born chief designer Luc Donckerwolke, stalwarts like the Sonata sedan have hammocked between avant and garde, new vehicles like the blocky Palisade SUV have been runaway hits, and even the cheap twerps like the Venue have some class. But all that seems like mere prelude to the faceted, distinctive design of the new 2022 Tucson compact crossover. In a market segment dominated by play-it-safe designs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Tucson will be polarizing. And sometimes, polarizing is good.

In general profile, the new, larger Tucson isn't that much different than the outgoing model. It's the details that make it a standout. The exaggerated bulge of the fenders, the razor-edge line that runs through the doors, and the Hyundai logo sequestered under the rear-hatch glass speak to design ambitions beyond the genre standard. Granted, it's a small crossover, and there's only so far that form factor can be pushed. But somehow it feels like the designers were liberated here. Love it or hate it, the Tucson isn't boring.

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Of all the exterior design elements, the ones bound to attract the most attention are the daytime running lights. DRLs aren't usually of much interest, but Hyundai made the creative decision to incorporate LEDs into the grille itself. When the Tucson is shut off, the DRLs practically disappear. But when the car is running, the stacked lights look like wings spreading from the lower grille up toward the headlights. Some of you will find a reason to hate this, but find something else worthy of your irrational wrath. As impressive as the exterior is, the interior is better. There are some echoes of Honda in there, some touches of Lexus, and a big chunk of Audi, but it all works together. Just to show that Hyundai hasn't abandoned the funk altogether, the steering wheel has a goofy design with four spokes in the lower third of the wheel. But it is well sized, and its rim has a nice squish to it.

The stars here are the twin 10.3-inch screens. The one in front of the driver is brilliant enough that it doesn't require a hood over it to provide shade, and the center screen has a more or less intuitive interface. (And in the context of current infotainment systems, "more or less" is a synonym for "pretty good.") What's missing? How about a volume knob for the sound system? Come on, it's easy. Hyundai also claims the new Tucson has some neat interior ambient lighting, but the press preview drive was conducted in daylight, so that remains to be seen.

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With a 108.5-inch wheelbase and 182.3-inch overall length, the Tucson grows significantly in size from the 2021 model. Its dimensions now put it right alongside the 182.1-inch-long Honda CR-V. And the Hyundai's 108 cubic feet of passenger volume beats the CR-V by a few cubes. That's three more cubic feet you could use to store, say, a small poodle or a sushi bento box. Your move, Honda! Hyundai may be pushing the style edge with the Tucson, but from a practical standpoint it's going cube for cube with the class leaders.

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The console-mounted shifter itself is a push-button thing similar to that now used by Honda. The Tucson's sibling, the Santa Cruz truck, uses a conventional lever shifter. Hyundai should offer the lever as an option on the Tucson if it can. Maybe it will show up on the sportier N Line version of the vehicle that was on display but not available to drive.

Fuel-economy estimates rubber-stamped by the EPA come in at 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined for two-wheel-drive models, with the all-wheel-drive versions sacrificing 2 mpg combined. Like the engine itself, that's competitive but not exceptional.
 
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The steering is decently weighted, turn-in is reasonably crisp, and not even once did the Tucson spontaneously levitate. In terms of driving experience, it's exactly the crossover that customers expect. And right now, this already vast and ever-expanding class is what standard family transportation in the U.S. looks like.

Press previews like this one usually feature highly optioned, zippy top-of-the line models, the better to show off all available finery. Meanwhile, the bulk of sales are likely to be midrange versions that are well-equipped but hardly lavish. With the new Tucson, Hyundai has pushed the style envelope in some ways but gone strictly conventional in others. The Tucson is, based on worldwide sales, the company's bestseller. Hyundai can't afford to screw this up. And it hasn't.

Source: Car and Driver

New Hyundai Staria: As A Bold Minivan For The Modern Age

The 2021 Hyundai Staria has been revealed in full and it truly looks unlike any other vehicle on the market.

The people-mover is dubbed a Purpose Built Vehicle (PBV) by Hyundai and has a futuristic exterior design that includes a bold front-end with LED daytime running lights and a light bar that run across the width of the vehicle. Hyundai’s designers have also equipped the Staria with a low and wide grille while the main headlamps are located on either side of this grille.

Unique design touches continue along the sides where the windows extend lower than is usual. Meanwhile, the rear includes large vertical taillights with a Parametric Pixel lamp design similar to the all-electric Ioniq 5. Shoppers will be able to buy the new Staria in Abyss Black Pearl, Creamy White, Graphite Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Dynamic Yellow, Olivine Gray Metallic and Gaia Brown Pearl. 

This is a big minivan

The new Staria has a 3,273-mm wheelbase (129-in.) with an overall length of 5,253 mm (206.8-in), width of 1,997 mm (78.6-in) and a height of 1,990 mm (78.3-in). Hyundai says that cargo space varies depending on how the seating configurations are arranged. The 2- and 3-seater, optimized for business use, offer maximum cargo space of almost 5,000 liters (176 cubic feet). The cargo space dimensions have also been increased to carry three Euro pallets at once.

Hyundai will sell its new PBC in standard Staria and flagship Staria Premium guise and offer 2- to 11-seat configurations. The Staria Premium includes unique features like a tinted brass chrome treatment across various parts of the exterior, including the Hyundai emblem, grille, headlamp bezels, front and rear bumpers, wheels, wing mirrors, and door handles.

The interior of the Staria is a significant step on from previous people movers produced by Hyundai. Key features include a 10.25-inch front display, a button-type electronic shift lever, and a large touchscreen infotainment system.

Staria Premium models takes things one step further. In the 7-seat Premium model, for example, it features ‘Premium Relaxation Seats’ in the second row that recline electronically and have sliding capabilities. These seats also include a one-touch relaxation mode that prompts them to recline automatically. Meanwhile, 9-seat Premium models have second-row seats that can swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.

All Premium models also come with 64-color ambient lighting and the cabin can be finished in Black, Black and Beige two-tone, or Black and Blue two-tone. Premium models can also be equipped with a Gray and Brown two-tone cabin and a Gray and Light Gray two-tone interior.

New variants coming in the near future

The Korean carmaker said that it will expand the Staria lineup with additional variants over the next couple of years, including limousines, ambulances and a camping model. In addition, eco-friendly variants of STARIA are scheduled to be added in upcoming years.

What powers the new Staria

Two engines will be offered. The first is a diesel 2.2-liter VGT four-cylinder that delivers 174 hp and 318 lb-ft (431 Nm) of torque. This engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sitting at the top of the range is a Smartstream 3.5-liter MPI engine with 268 hp and 244 lb-ft (331 Nm) of torque. This engine is offered exclusively with an eight-speed automatic.

2022 Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Economy Is Mightily Impressive

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson is gearing up for launch this summer, and it's starting to look very good indeed. The fourth-generation of the compact crossover has got a new and sharper suit, and for the first time, the Tucson will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. And now the EPA estimates for fuel economy for all but the plug-in hybrid have come in and it looks good for those that value their MPG.

Starting with the piston-only powered version, the base model SE with front-wheel-drive and a 2.5-liter engine. The EPA estimates it to have fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg on the combined cycle. That's up considerably from the 2021 model's 23/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined.

 

If you add all-wheel-drive, the new 24/29/26 mpg city/highway/combined is still a considerable improvement over the previous base front-wheel-drive model. Of the figures released so far, though, the base hybrid, the Tucson Hybrid Blue, is the lightest on fuel despite coming with all-wheel-drive as standard. It has an even spread of 38/38/38 mpg city/highway/combined. Its drivetrain consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor, and a 1.49-kWh battery. The more feature-laden 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid takes a slight hit, clocking in with 37/36/37 mpg city/highway/combined.

 

The EPA estimates for the plug-in-hybrid aren't available yet, and neither is its MSRP from Hyundai. However, we do know it gets a 261-hp 1.6-liter engine and a 13.8-kWh battery. According to Hyundai, it should arrive with a 30 mpg combined figure and get up to 32 miles of range on electric power alone.

Hyundai has been pushing hard into Toyota, Nissan, and Honda-dominated segments over the past couple of years. With its new sharp looks and an upgraded and broader range of drivetrains, it looks like the South Korean automaker is ready to go toe-to-toe with the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.

 

Source: Carbuzz

Hyundai's upcoming Staria van looks like it was beamed to 2021 from 2121

Hyundai has stretched the limits of its design department in recent months, but the Staria van it previewed in March 2021 blows the boundaries out of the stratosphere. Described by the brand as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), it looks like a concept from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but it's real and it's headed to production.

MPV is another term for minivan, and Hyundai designers didn't try to make the Staria hip by giving it SUV-like styling cues. It's a monobox model with a roofline that's tall and flat, and a rear end that's almost perfectly upright. Even the blacked-out images released by the firm can't conceal the Staria's head-turning front end, which is characterized by an LED light bar that stretches across the entire fascia and headlights positioned at about the same level as the wheels. They're integrated into an extra-wide grille with bright mesh inserts. Out back, the lights are made up of individual dots that look like pixels, a feature we've already seen on the Ioniq 5 introduced in February 2021. 

Hyundai proudly pointed out that the Staria resembles a spaceship. It added that the model depicted in the images is the Premium variant, which is a high-end version of the standard Staria that hasn't been shown yet.

Oversized side windows let natural light into a cabin designed with comfort and technology in mind. The dashboard is dominated by a portrait-oriented touchscreen that replaces nearly all of the buttons and switches normally found on the center stack. Meanwhile, the rear passengers travel on individual seats with retractable footrests. Hyundai promises that the Staria will deliver new experiences for drivers and passengers, but it hasn't yet detailed what it means by that.

Similarly, it's too early for the company to reveal technical specifications, so we don't know if the spacecraft inspiration continues under the hood. Engineering principles dictate that a grille this big is needed to channel cooling air to an engine, but design trends have proven that's not always the case. Even EVs sometimes get giant grilles.

Hyundai didn't develop the Staria to meet up with NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars; the van isn't even an outlandish concept. What you see in the images above is what the South Korean brand will begin building in later in 2021. The model will be available in select global markets; time will tell if America is one of them.

Source: Autoblog

Hyundai IONIQ 5 will be Motional and Lyft’s first robotaxi

Motional will integrate its driverless technology into Hyundai’s new all-electric SUV to create the company’s first robotaxi. At the start of 2023, customers in certain markets will be able to book the fully electric, fully autonomous taxi through the Lyft app.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5, which was revealed in February with a consumer release date expected later this year, will be fully integrated with Motional’s driverless system. The vehicles will be equipped with the hardware and software needed for Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, including lidar, radar and cameras to provide the vehicle’s sensing system with 360 degrees of vision, and the ability to see up to 300 meters away. This level of driverless technology means a human will not be required to take over driving.

The interior space will be similar to the consumer model, but additionally equipped with features needed for robotaxi operation, according to a Motional spokesperson. Motional did not reveal whether or not the vehicle would still have a steering wheel, and images of the robotaxi aren’t yet available.

Motional’s IONIQ 5 robotaxis have already begun testing on public roads and closed courses, and they’ll be put through more months of testing and real-world experience before being deployed on Lyft’s platform. The company says it’ll complete testing only once it’s confident the taxis are safer than a human driver.

Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai $4 billion joint venture aimed at commercializing driverless cars, announced its partnership with Lyft in December, signaling the ride-hailing company’s primary involvement in Motional’s plans. The company recently announced that it began testing its driverless tech on public roads in Las Vegas. Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 is Motional’s second platform to go driverless on public roads.

Source: Tech Crunch

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Looks Ready For Production

An official reveal surely can't be too far away now.

The Honda Ridgeline is one of America's most underrated pickup trucks, but it will soon be facing some stiff competition from other unibody trucks. Ford is preparing to start production of the Maverick, a new small pickup truck that will slot below the Ranger, and we're also still waiting for the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup to break cover.

Hyundai's compact pickup has been spied undergoing testing several times, but this latest sighting provides our most revealing look yet. YouTube channel 80% Garage spotted a Santa Cruz prototype at a parking lot and was able to get some close-up footage. While the prototype is still wrapped in body cladding to hide the details, there's no traditional camo here, which suggests the design beneath the shrouding is finalized. 

 
The Santa Cruz shares the same platform as the new Hyundai Tucson and the design similarities are clear, from the side mirrors to the triangular headlight design. Despite the similarities, the Hyundai Santa Cruz sets itself apart with a unique grille featuring rectangular slats.

Since it rides on a unibody platform, the Santa Cruz isn't designed for serious off-roading and is aimed at buyers who don't need the capability and storage offered in mid-size and full-size trucks. The YouTuber believes the short bed is around four feet long, which is much shorter than the Ranger's bed, but the tailgate looks deep enough to provide extra storage space for longer items when lowered.

Technical details for the Santa Cruz haven't been confirmed yet, but the compact pickup is expected to share the Tucson's 2.5-liter direct-injected gasoline engine that produces 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid version could also be offered with an electrified 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces a combined 226 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Tucson Hybrid.

An undisguised Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid was also spied alongside the Santa Cruz prototype, in what could be the first sighting of the production version in America before customer deliveries begin. As for the Santa Cruz, Hyundai hasn't confirmed when the compact pickup will debut, but this latest sighting suggests the official reveal will happen sooner, rather than later.

Source: Carbuzz

Hyundai NEXO awarded five-star Green NCAP rating

Hyundai Motor’s second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, NEXO, has received a maximum five-star rating from Green NCAP, the independent organisation that ranks vehicles based on their energy efficiency and emissions.

The rating was based on three indices, each of which contained several metrics: clean air, energy efficiency and greenhouse gases. As a fuel cell electric vehicle, powered by hydrogen and producing distilled water as its only emission, NEXO naturally scored full points on both the Clean Air and Greenhouse Gas index. Its excellent rating for energy efficiency was a further testament to the quality of the product, proving that fuel cell mobility is a mature technology and a viable transportation solution.

In its report, Green NCAP wrote: “[With Hyundai NEXO] there are no tailpipe emissions other than water. As a result, the NEXO scores full points for both the Clean Air and Greenhouse Gas indexes. Energy efficiency is also very high and the NEXO emerges with an average index just high enough to earn the car a maximum five-star rating.”

“We're proud to announce that NEXO is the latest Hyundai model to have been awarded a five-star Green NCAP rating, joining the ranks of IONIQ and KONA Electric. This is further proof that we are achieving our goal of making high-quality, eco-friendly mobility solutions available to all,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Our flagship fuel cell electric vehicle has been recognised not just for being an environmentally-friendly zero-emission vehicle, but also a strong product with very high energy efficiency.”

Hyundai’s NEXO is a fuel cell electric vehicle and the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle fleet. It combines the practicality of an SUV crossover with advanced electrified technology, comprehensive driver assistance functions and innovative design features.

NEXO is the third Hyundai model to receive a maximum five-star rating. In 2019, Green NCAP also awarded the five-star rating to the battery-electric version of Hyundai IONIQ. Meanwhile, in 2020 the organisation also awarded the Hyundai KONA Electric the maximum score.

See the full report: https://www.greenncap.com/assessments/hyundai-nexo-2021-0069/

About Green NCAP

Green NCAP is an independent initiative which aims to promote the development of cars which are clean, energy efficient and not harmful to the environment. The organisation uses a broad range of tests that go above and beyond legislative testing and, through consumer information, rewards manufacturers whose vehicles go beyond the minimum requirements.

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