New Hyundai Tucson shown tow testing

New generation of the Hyundai Tucson is due to land soon with a major overhaul both under and on the metal.

Hyundai has completed the final stages of its testing programe for the new Tucson ahead of its unveiling on 15 September, promising a “revolutionary redesign” for the SUV.

In recent months, the fourth-generation Tucson has been tested on the Nurburgring, in Sweden, around The Alps and in the south of Spain as it gears up to take on the Nissan Qashqai. Most recently, Hyundai was testing the SUV’s towing capacity on mountain roads in Austria, and has released a series of images showing a camouflaged prototype with a trailer.

The latest pictures follow official teaser images that recently previewed both the exterior and interior styling of the Tucson, which Hyundai says reflects an “avant-garde Parametric Dynamics design theme”.

The exterior teaser photos show that the Tucson will be given a bold new front grille along with bold front lights referred to as ‘parametric hidden lights’. The daytime running lights are integrated into the grille, with Hyundai saying they will only be visible when switched on.

The new Tucson’s interior showcases Hyundai’s vision of a “dual cockpit layout”, with a large portrait-angled touchscreen built into the centre of the dashboard and minimal use of physical switchgear.

Sangyup Lee, Hyundai’s global design boss, said that the new Tucson’s design continued the marque’s Senuous Sportiness design language. He added: “With the all-new Tucson, we are introducing its ultimate evolution and a definitive statement about Hyundai’s unstoppable forward momentum.”

Hyundai says the new Tucson is bigger and wider than its predecessor, with a stretched wheelbase to provide a “coupé-like character”.

The new Tucson has previously been spied testing, although few details have emerged about powertrain and technical details. It’s expected that the engine range will feature a greater number of electrified options.

James Attwood

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