In a nutshell:
- Details of new Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid revealed.
- Gets 265 PS power from 1.6 litre engine and 66.9 kW electric motor.
- Comes with all-wheel-drive and auto box as standard.
- Electric only range in excess of 30 miles.
- Set to arrive spring of next year, with fuel economy figures to follow.
And not only do you get an electric-only range of around 31 miles, it’s powerful enough to offer good performance, too.
The Tucson is, of course, no stranger to the electric revolution.
You can already enjoy the popular family car as a mild-hybrid, where a 48V system supports the combustion engine with additional torque during acceleration, and as a full hybrid, the latter of which is self-charging and can cover short distances powered by electricity alone.
Now, though, a fully-fledged plug-in hybrid is on the way - and it could be an extremely good choice for lease customers.
The system pairs a 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engine with a 66.9 kW electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium polymer battery.
Together that generates some 265 PS of power and 350 Nm maximum torque, driven through an automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive as standard.
There’s an ‘Active Air Flap’ located in the grille, which adjusts air intake depending on the engine coolant temperature and the vehicle speed, among other things, the purpose of which is to reduce drag and to maximise fuel efficiency.
Speaking of which…
Hyundai hasn’t given details concerning fuel economy or CO2 emissions, but a quick glance at the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in should give you some idea of what to expect.
Though the Ioniq is smaller, and offers considerably less power than the Tucson, it returns a claimed 256.8mpg while emitting just 26g/km of CO2 - music to the ears of company car drivers.
Meanwhile you can also expect a generously appointed cabin, too.
Hyundai says there’s acres of legroom in the back - all 955mm of it, which is only marginally down on a Volvo XC60 - meanwhile boot space has actually been increased compared to the previous Tucson, offering 558 litres with the seats folded up.
The firm even says the new Tucson will be able to tackle ‘challenging terrain’, thanks to a system that distributes driving power to the front and rear wheels depending on conditions under the rubber.
It should also be one of the safest vehicles on the market, thanks to a host of driver assistance systems designed to improve visibility and prevent collisions.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, says: “The plug-in hybrid powertrain represents a new milestone in the Tucson range. With petrol mild hybrid, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options, the all-new Tucson offers the widest range of electrified powertrains in its segment. This is just the latest proof of Hyundai’s commitment to electro-mobility.”
The all-new Tucson Plug-in Hybrid will be available in Europe starting in spring 2021.
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