2018 Hyundai Tucson
2019 Hyundai Tucson. Photo: Supplied
Stephen Ottley | Mar, 29 2018 | 0 Comments

Hyundai has raised its game in the battle against the top-selling Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4.

The South Korean company has unveiled its new-look Tucson at the 2018 New York motor show, featuring revised styling and added technology.

While this is only a mid-life update for the mid-size SUV it features a range of styling changes, starting with a revised front end to bring it in line with the Kona and upcoming new-generation Santa Fe. That means the brand’s signature cascading grille is flanked by new LED daytime running lights and headlights. At the rear there are new taillights and a range of fresh alloy wheel styles to complete the look.

Inside there are just as many changes, including a new instrument display and a redesigned dashboard that now features the latest infotainment system with the screen sitting proud of the dash, tablet-style, rather than integrated into the centre console.

A wireless smartphone charging pad is also now available, but will likely only be available on the range-topping Highlander when it comes to Australia in the middle of the year.

While the petrol engines - a 1.6-litre turbo and a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder units - will be carried over from the current range, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel model will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai has also added a range of new technology, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, driver attention warning and high beam assist.

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the updated Tucson will go on sale in the third quarter of 2018, with prices and specifications yet to be announced.

The new active safety features will likely feature on most models as standard, with Hyundai only considering if it will be optional on the entry-level trim grades.

As part of the update the Australian operation is putting the Tucson through a revised local ride and handling test program to improve its on-road character.

More details will be released closer to launch.

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