Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has announced pricing and specifications for the new 2019 Tucson range.

The revised 2019 Tucson line-up comprises four variants, with a new range-opening Go model.

2019 Tucson Range

The 2019 Tucson’s updated look begins with a new visage featuring the Hyundai’s signature cascading grille, restyled headlamps and daytime running lights.

New wheel designs in 17-inch for Go and Active X, and machine-finished 18- and 19-inch for Elite and Highlander underscore Tucson’s fresh exterior.

Every 2019 Tucson features more standard equipment than the preceding model.

A new floating tablet-style multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard across the range.

Tucson Go boasts a 7.0-inch OEM display radio and exterior mirror turn signals and, atop the range, 2019 Tucson Highlander gains a heated steering wheel and wireless (Qi) smartphone charging.

Tucson Active X offers an array of additional features, including leather interior trim, an 8-inch sat-nav system with live traffic and lifetime map updates, Infinity Premium Audio, rear park assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Tucson Elite benefits with the addition of Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) among the extensive suite of safety technology.

2019 Tucson benefits from a new eight-speed automatic transmission, paired with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with all-wheel-drive. The smooth and intuitive eight-speed automatic makes the Tucson more economical as well as building on its excellent performance and refinement.

The turbo-diesel engine is offered in each of the four model grades, along with a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol for Go, Active X and Elite, and a 1.6-litre turbo petrol for Elite and Highlander models.

The introduction of an optional SmartSense™ Safety Pack makes advanced safety accessible to every Tucson owner.

The SmartSense™ pack available for automatic Tucson Go and Active models brings Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) systems among the safety and convenience features.

Just as for every new Australian Hyundai model, excepting the iLoad and iMax, Tucson benefits from a specific Australian suspension and steering calibration honed on our uniquely challenging city and country roads.

“With a crisp new look, greater safety and technology, and a chassis tuned on Australian roads to delivery superb comfort and refinement, 2019 Tucson is an appealing upgrade of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV,” said Scott Grant, Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer.

Hyundai has announced important MY18 changes to its hugely popular Tucson range. A consistently strong top-seller in the thriving Australian medium-SUV market, MY18 Tucson introduces powertrain line-up changes and range-wide access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto compatibility.

Major MY18 powertrain change in the four-tier Tucson line-up is the adoption of Hyundai’s acclaimed 2.0-litre GDi (gasoline direction-injection) four-cylinder engine in Tucson Active and Elite variants. The more potent, more efficient GDi engine replaces the 2.0-litre MPi (multi-point injection) engine previously available in those variants.

The 2.0-litre GDi Nu engine delivers 121kW maximum power and 203Nm maximum torque (up from the MPi engine’s 114kW and 192Nm respectively). The GDi engine is matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in Tucson Active and Active X variants (six-speed automatic transmission only in the Elite model).

2.0-litre GDi engine specifications:

  • Cubic capacity: 1,999cc
  • Maximum power: 121kW @ 6,200rpm
  • Maximum torque: 203Nm @ 4,700rpm
  • 16-valve four-cylinder with Hydraulic Lash Adjustment (HLA)
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
  • Gasoline Direct Injection
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Fuel consumption: 7.8L/100km (manual), 7.9L/100km (automatic)

Hyundai has commemorated its 30 years in Australia with limited-release Special Edition versions of its big-selling Tucson and Santa Fe Series II SUVs. Only 300 examples of each model will be available. Both models deliver enhanced levels of performance, unique features and equipment while also representing strong value for money.

The all-wheel-drive Tucson ’30’ Special Edition is powered by Hyundai’s advanced 1.6-litre 130kW/265Nm turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched with the Hyundai-developed 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Importantly, Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition debuts Hyundai’s acclaimed V6 petrol engine in Australia. The 3.3-litre MPi V6 offers potent power and torque figures of 199kW and 318Nm, and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Santa Fe 30’s muscular V6 headlines a long list of exclusive features found only in the just-launched Tucson and Santa Fe ‘30’ Limited Editions.

“We wanted to do something special to commemorate Hyundai’s 30 proud years in Australia and I’m happy to say we’ve achieved that with our unique Tucson ‘30’ and Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Editions,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer, Scott Grant. “These limited-edition versions of our standout Medium and Large SUV contenders really live up to their ‘30’ Special Edition status. They combine real-value, unique looks, features and enhanced performance. I honestly expect they’ll sell quickly.”

Additional highlights of the ‘30’ Special Edition models include:

Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition

Featuring all-wheel-drive and a powerful 130kW & 265Nm turbocharged engine the Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition has the performance to match its rugged, sporty exterior – making it the perfect adventure ready SUV.

Based on the ActiveX model variant, Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition adds a stealthy combination of matte-grey side steps and matte-black 19-inch RAYS alloy wheels. At the rear, the Tucson ’30’ Limited Edition also sports a new twin-outlet muffler neatly integrated into the rear bumper, which also incorporate a sporty rear diffuser. The Ash Blue exterior paint is exclusive to the Tucson ‘30’ Limited Edition together with unique ‘30’ badging.

Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition

 Apart from its powerful 3.3-litre MPi petrol V6 engine Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition brings a host of important comfort and convenience enhancements over the 2.4-litre GDi-engined Santa Fe Series II Active variant on which it is based. Hyundai's all-aluminium Lambda V6 is of a twin-overhead-camshaft design with four valves per cylinder and features a two-step variable induction system. Maximum torque of 199kW is available at 6,400rpm while a hefty 318Nm of torque arrives at 5,300rpm.

Other features exclusive to Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition include: Heated exterior mirrors, exclusive Mineral Blue metallic exterior paint, chrome exterior door handles, rear privacy glass, 19-inch alloy wheels in dark-grey finish, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, and, like the Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition variant, unique ’30’ badging.

Inside, the ‘30’ Special Edition Santa Fe gets a leather-appointed interior and enhanced comfort and convenience features including dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning and glovebox cooling.

Key Features And Specifications

Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition

  • 1.6L turbo GDi engine with twin-scroll turbocharger; 130kW (at 5,500rpm) and 265Nm (at 1,500-4,500 rpm)
  • All-wheel-dive
  • 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
  • 5-star ANCAP
  • 6 airbags – driver and front passenger, driver and front passenger side (thorax), full-length curtains
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including:
    • Traction Control System (TCS)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist System (BAS)
    • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
    • Down-hill Brake Control (DBC)
    • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Rear parking-assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED high-mount stop light
  • LED front positioning lights
  • Projector beam headlights with escort and welcome functions
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • 7” touchscreen audio w/ MP3 capability, 6 speakers with Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • AUX / USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
  • Premium door upper/centre trim
  • Drivers’ side one-touch window up and down with anti-pinching safety feature
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats with multi stage recline function
  • Roof rails
  • Cargo cover and cargo net
  • Leather-appointed* seats
  • 2-way electric lumbar support
  • Premium steering wheel and gearknob
  • Electric folding/heated side mirrors
  • 19-inch RAY’s alloy wheels in matte black with 245/45R19 tyres
  • Ash Blue (Metallic) exterior paint
  • Matte-grey effect side steps
  • Dual outlet rear muffler (left and right side)
  • Matte-grey rear diffuser

Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition

  • 3.3L MPi V6 with 199kW (at 6,400rpm) and 318Nm (at 5,300rpm)
  • Front-wheel-drive
  • Six-speed Hyundai automatic transmission
  • 5-star ANCAP
  • 7 airbags - driver and front passenger, front side (thorax), side curtains (front and 2nd row), and driver’s knee
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including:
    • Traction Control System (TCS)
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
    • Brake Assist System (BAS)
    • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
    • Down-hill Brake Control (DBC)
    • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Rear-view camera with guidelines
  • Rear parking-assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
  • Projector-beam headlights with escort and welcome function
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED high-mount stop light
  • LED front positioning lights
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • 7-inch touchscreen audio w/MP3 capability, 6 speakers, with Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • AUX/USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone and audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • 3.5-inch mono TFT LCS centre display in instrument cluster
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
  • Premium steering wheel and gearknob
  • Air-conditioning (front and rear)
  • Trip computer with digital speedometer
  • Roof Rails
  • Cargo cover and cargo net
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in dark grey finish twin 5 spoke design with 235/55R19 tyres
  • Mineral Blue (Metallic) exterior paint
  • Leather- appointed* seats
  • 2-way electric lumbar support
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) High line system
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • Glovebox compartment with cooling
  • Electric heated side mirrors
  • Solar glass with Privacy
  • Chrome-effect exterior door handles

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.

Pricing

Model

Engine

Transmission

MLP

Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition

1.6L Turbo GDi

7 Speed DCT

$37,750

Santa Fe ‘30’ Special Edition

3.3L V6 MPi

6 Speed Auto

$40,790

*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his all-new Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the “Adventuremobile,” the vehicle blends Hyundai’s new SUV platform with a passion for the great outdoors, perfect for the weekend getaway. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on 3 November 2015.

The “Adventuremobile” is just as home on the daily commute as it is lugging gear up into the mountains for the weekend out of town. Most obvious is the addition of a Treeline Tamarack roof-top tent, with ample room to sleep two campers, and Goal Zero solar panels to power all of their accessories. The exterior has been beefed up with the addition of an Aries bull bar and side steps, Rigid Industries LED lights, and the vehicle has been finished in a BASF army green paint scheme by Strasse Sport. A custom 1.5-in. suspension lift provides greater ground clearance, and Toyo Open Country A/T II tires with RAYS Gram Lights 57DR wheels provide the extra grip needed for the occasional off-road excursion.

Giving the Tucson a power boost, AEM provided an upgraded intake and charge pipe kit, and the engine breathes more freely through a Magnaflow exhaust system.

“Designed with the weekend adventurer in mind, the Tucson was the perfect platform for an ‘Adventuremobile,’” said John Pangilinan. “The build blends performance with the excitement of the great outdoors, without sacrificing daily usability. The vehicle promotes exploration, making it ideal for the daily commute, weekend excursions, and the occasional road trip.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.

Powertrain Modifications

  • AEM Intake
  • AEM Charge Pipe Kit
  • Magnaflow Exhaust
  • Lucas Oil

Chassis/Suspension Modifications

  • Custom Suspension Lift
  • Wilwood Custom Fabricated Brake Kit with Matching Army Green Painted Calipers
  • Rays Gram Lights 57DR Wheels, Semi-Gloss Black
  • Toyo Tires Open CountryA/T II Tires
  • Project KICS Leggdura Racing Lug Nuts
  • Project KICS Wide Tread Spacers

Exterior Modifications

  • BASF Army Green Paint by Strasse Sport
  • Aries Bull Bar and Side Steps
  • Thule 47-in. Aeroblade
  • Thule Rapid Podium Foot Pack
  • Thule Fit Kit
  • Treeline Tamarack Constellation Gen2 Roof-Tent
  • Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
  • Rigid Industries
    • SR-6 LED Lights with Tucson Light Bracket
    • E-40 LED Light Bar
    • Rock Light Kit
  • Decals by S&A Design

Interior Modifications

  • Katzkin Custom Leather Upholstery
  • Seat Belt Planet Custom Army Green Seat Belts
  • Truck Vault Storage with Trekpak System
  • Goal Zero
    • Yeti 400 Solar Generator
    • Light-A-Life 350 Lights
    • Lighthouse Mini
    • Venture 30 Recharger
  • VLEDS Lighting
  • CTEK Battery Charger
  • Car Audio System Built by BP Auto Sound
    • Clarion SRG1623S Components
    • Clarion EQS755 Equalizer
    • Clarion MCD360 Crossover
    • Clarion WF250D Shallow Subwoofers
    • Clarion XC1410 Full Range Amp
    • Clarion XC2110 Sub Am
    • Scosche EFX Series Multi-Core Interconnects
    • Scosche EFX Speaker Wire
    • Scosche EFX Amp Power Kit
    • Scosche EFX Power and Ground Distribution Block
    • Scosche Hyperflex Accumat Sound Deadening Material
    • Scosche MagicMount System
  • Scosche Optimized for Outdoors
    • BOOMBOTTLE+
    • reVOLT Dual USB Car Charger
    • StrikeLINE Rugged LED Lightning and Micro USB Cable

The All-new Hyundai Tucson SUV launched ahead of its 1 August on-sale date, bringing class-leading dynamics, design, refinement and value to the Australian medium SUV segment. Re-imagined from the ground up, and priced from a highly competitive $27,990 MLP, the All-new Tucson is the global successor to the highly popular ix35. Longer and wider than ix35, All-new Tucson moves up to the ‘Medium SUV’ category in the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry’s (FCAI’s) vehicle classification, thanks to its larger footprint. It is 65mm shorter than a Mazda CX-5, for example, yet has more front and rear leg and hip room and 85 litres more boot space with the rear seats in place.

This ambitious, high-tech vehicle sets its aim squarely at Australia’s medium SUV class leaders. All-new Tucson combines a sleek, sporty new look with new technology and convenience features and high-tech safety equipment. Customers also benefit from exceptionally high standards of refinement and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) suppression.

All-new Tucson highlights include:

  • Apple CarPlay connectivity (from September)
  • Three-mode Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Proximity Smart Key and Smart Power Tailgate
  • LED headlights with static bending lights
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Traction Cornering Control
  • Reversing camera standard across the range
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
  • Turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine (shared with Veloster SR Turbo)

Inside, All-new Tucson is larger in all key dimensions – its interior is roomy, uncluttered and ergonomically advanced. All four trim grades are well equipped and, in keeping with Hyundai’s Modern Premium philosophy, interior surfaces and controls now use high-quality soft-touch materials and finishes.

All-new Tucson boasts a stiff and safe body structure that ensures enhanced levels of occupant protection and exemplary dynamic responsiveness. The four-tier Tucson range offers front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, four engines and three transmissions. Significantly, Elite and Highlander models adopt a retuned version of Hyundai’s Gamma 1.6T GDi engine – the potent direct-injection turbocharged powerplant shared with its Veloster SR coupe stablemate.

On 1st August, Hyundai launches its new mid-size SUV, the All-new Tucson. Bigger, better equipped and more sophisticated than its successful ix35 predecessor, the All-new Tucson is priced and equipped to become one of Australia’s favourite SUV’s. In a first for Hyundai, the multimedia systems in the Tucson Active and new ActiveX model support Apple CarPlay (from September), with Android Auto support to follow from early 2016.

All–new Tucson Model Range:

ActiveX is a new model addition compared to the ix35 lineup, with enhanced equipment including 18” alloy wheels and leather-appointed interior, priced at an enticing of $30,490 MLP. Pricing and specification for all-new Tucson is highly competitive for all models:

Engine

Transmission

Active

ActiveX

Elite

Highlander

2.0 MPi 2WD

6 Speed Manual

$27,990

-

-

-

6 Speed Auto

$30,490

-

$35,240

-

2.0 GDi 2WD

6 Speed Manual

-

$30,490

-

-

6 Speed Auto

-

$32,990

-

-

1.6 T-GDi AWD

7 Speed DCT

-

-

$38,240

$43,490

2.0 CRDi AWD

6 Speed Auto

-

-

$40,240

$45,490

*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Key Features

All-new Tucson has a stronger and safer body structure than before, with a sleeker, more athletic new look – Tucson is slightly longer and wider than the vehicle it replaces. All-new Tucson’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design brings dynamic character lines, a bold new take on Hyundai’s ‘brand signature’ hexagonal grille, dramatically-styled projector headlights topped with LED Daytime Running Lights and 0.33Cd aerodynamics. Inside, All-new Tucson also offers progressive new design themes and substantially more cabin space. Exceptional new convenience features and intuitive controls utilise soft-touch surfaces and higher quality materials.

All-new Tucson boasts a wealth of new technology features:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition (Highlander model)
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone support technology (Active and ActiveX models)
  • LED headlights with static bending lights
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Traction Cornering Control (AWD models)
  • Trailer Stability Assist (Active, Elite & Highlander models)
  • Hands-free power tailgate (Highlander model)

Available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, All-new Tucson offers a choice of four advanced Hyundai petrol and diesel engines together with three state-of-the-art transmissions. Significantly, All-new Tucson Elite and Highlander models adopt a re-tuned version of Hyundai’s Gamma 1.6T GDi powerplant – the potent and fuel-efficient high-tech turbo petrol engine shared with Veloster SR Turbo. The 1.6T GDi engine is matched exclusively with Hyundai’s own advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Exhaustive local testing enabled Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly experienced chassis development team to optimise All-New Tucson for Australian roads and drivers.

Specification Overview

Active

  • Specifications to be confirmed closer to Active variant on-sale date in early 4th quarter 2015

ActiveX (key specifications above Active variant):

  • 18” alloy wheels with 225/55R18 tyres
  • 6 airbags (driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full length curtains)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Rear view camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
  • Projector beam headlamps with escort and welcome function
  • Automatic dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Leather appointed* seats
  • Premium steering wheel & gear knob
  • 7” touchscreen audio w/ MP3 capability, 6 speakers, & works with Apple CarPlay (September) & Android Auto (early 2016)
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Electric folding / heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls
  • Roof Rails

Elite (key specifications above Active variant):

  • 17” alloy wheels with 225/60R17 tyres
  • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
  • LED headlamps with static bending lamps
  • Electrically adjusted driver’s seat (10 way incl. lumbar)
  • Electronic Park-Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold function
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning with auto defog function
  • Proximity smart key with push button start
  • 8” touchscreen satellite navigation with 3 year map update plan
  • Smart Tailgate function (hands-free power tailgate)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Solar glass with Privacy
  • LED side repeater integrated into side mirrors
  • Steering wheel mounted phone controls

Key specifications below ActiveX:

  • Cloth seats instead of Leather appointed* seats
  • 17” alloy wheels instead of 18” alloy wheels
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability
  • No Matte grey effect insert on side garnish

Premium (key specifications above Elite variant):

  • 19” alloy wheels with 245/45R19 with Continental ContiSportContact5
  • Front parking assist system (4 sensors) with guidance
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) High line system
  • LED tail lamps with bulb turn signal & reverse lights
  • Electrically adjusted front passenger’s seat (6 way incl. lumbar)
  • Leather appointed* seats
  • Heated & air ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) incorporating Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Twin tip trapezoidal exhaust
  • 4.2” TFT LCD colour display in Supervision cluster

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.

Hyundai Motor showcased a wide range of innovative fuel efficiency and connectivity technologies at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. While two fuel efficiency concepts underline Hyundai’s capabilities in advanced drivetrain technologies, the connectivity cockpit concept and wearables on display grant a view of how controlling and interacting with Hyundai vehicles could look in the future. Based on the All-New Tucson platform, the 48V Hybrid technology is a smart and cost efficient way to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions significantly. Compared to a full hybrid system, the 48V system delivers similar efficiency, for only a quarter of the cost and is just another example of Hyundai’s engineering capabilities under the premise of ‘New Thinking, New Possibilities’. Based on a 2.0-litre diesel model with 100kW and six-speed manual transmission, the show car promises to boost power by 10 %, while emitting only 109g/km CO2 emissions. The 48V Hybrid Concept delivers a lively performance as the combined power pack (100kW petrol engine plus a 10kW electric motor) generates 110kW and 413Nm of torque. 

Especially suited to fitment in larger cars and SUVs, the show car’s 48V Hybrid technology comprises a Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) – an electric motor replacing the conventional starter - an inverter and a low voltage DC/DC converter. The HSG supports the diesel engine with its additional output, enables the ISG to restart the engine with almost no noise or vibration and acts as a generator during deceleration, recharging the 48-volt lithium-ion battery. The new hybrid system adds a modest 20kg to the vehicle weight.

Hyundai’s concept of a plug-in-hybrid vehicle (PHEV), also based on the All-New Tucson platform, is equipped with a 1.7-litre diesel engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, both available in the All-New Tucson line-up. The engine generates 85kW and is accompanied by an 85kW electric motor and a 10.7kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, which enables the car to drive in pure-electric mode for more than 50km. The combined engine has a maximum combined power of 135kW and delivers an impressive 474Nm torque. Hyundai engineers estimate CO2 emissions of less than 48 g/km while the vehicle’s performance capabilities could be increased significantly. The electric motor is placed at the rear of the car and drives the rear axle, whereas the diesel engine drives the front axle. This setup enables the car to switch between rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive depending on the driving situation. For greater driver engagement and choice, the PHEV concept is equipped with a 4-mode drive selection. The ‘Auto’ mode operates all systems for highest fuel efficiency. The ‘Zero Emission Vehicle’ (ZEV) mode uses only the electric motor - if the battery charge level is sufficient.

This mode is particularly useful when leaving the house quietly in the morning or when driving in low-speed city traffic. In ‘4WD’ mode both engines operate to enable all-wheel drive functionality, while in ‘Sport’ the performance characteristics of both engines are prioritised. Hyundai is continually exploring new ways to improve the vehicle ownership experience for its customers. The Connectivity Cockpit Concept holds a collection of new advanced technologies including wearable devices, integration of car generated data, rear seat child care and 3D-gesture controls. These assets offer an insight to Hyundai’s new ways of thinking to provide customers with value beyond expectations, and setting out ways they could control and interact with its vehicles in the future. A wearable device like a smartwatch paired with the in-car-system can monitor the driver’s status (heart rate and alertness), recommending rest periods to promote safe driving. It can also in form the driver about blind-spots, alert him or her to appropriate following distances, and provide navigation-details.

Also on display is Hyundai’s content connectivity feature, which provides a calendar ‘life-log’ of daily driving activities, delivering integrated information from vehicle, cloud, tablet, smartphone and wearable devices. It can display POI suggestions by ranking driver preferences, while also listing petrol stations near the user’s route. The rear seat child care function uses innovative tablet features to monitor passengers and children via a mini-camera and the head unit screen on the center stack. The system also has tablet-based ‘co-pilot/navigator’ controls, which allow a passenger to interact with vehicle infotainment and comfort features, such as air-conditioning, while the driver’s eyes remain on the road. A fourth area of focus for the Geneva display is the company’s 3D hand-gesture controls, showcased in the Connectivity Cockpit Concept. The innovative system employs infrared and camera sensors to recognise driver’s hand commands to select navigation, infotainment, audio, air conditioning and even smartphone connectivity functions. While driving, only basic commands will be available, whereas when at standstill and neutral mode, the full range of functions will be accessible. This intuitive gesture interface provides the driver with a host of controls, while keeping his or her eyes on the road, and demonstrates clearly Hyundai’s future vision for human/machine interface.