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2022 Hyundai Tucson lineup expanded with N Line, plug-in hybrid models

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid joins the Hyundai family this summer.

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson has yet to reach dealerships, but that isn't stopping the automaker from introducing two new variants. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line and 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid join the lineup and will be available in the spring and summer, respectively.

2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line

2022 Hyundai Tucson N Line

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new Hyundai Tucson N Line is designed to appeal to enthusiast buyers and has looks that fall into the N Line design precedent set by the Sonata N Line and Elantra N Line with a more aggressive appearance. Hyundai also says that it has motorsport-inspired details.

The Tucson N Line builds on the Tucson SEL and includes the features from the Convenience package. Unlike other upgraded Hyundais, the N Line model has no performance enhancements.

Its exterior features N Line front and rear bumper fascia, an N Line grille, black headlamp bezels, Fender N line badging, 19-inch black alloy wheels, black side mirrors and window surrounds, a dual-tipped exhaust, and N Line rear spoiler.

The interior of the SUV has N line logos, steering wheel, shifter, and seats. There's also a black headliner, metal pedals and door sill plates, and a Bose premium audio system. N Line interior details include N-branded black leather sport seats with cloth inserts and red stitching on the door trim and armrest. N logos accent the shifter console surround, metal pedals, footrest and doorsills.

Hyundai will sell the model in Ash Black, White Pearl, Titan Gray, and Red Crimson paint colors. The red is exclusive to the Hyundai family.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai says that this model focuses on balancing fun-to-drive performance and fuel economy. The SUV is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It achieves 261 horsepower and combines with a 13.8-kilowatt-hour battery to yield 32 miles of all-electric range. Fuel economy is rated at 70 MPGe and 30 mpg.

All-wheel drive and Snow drive mode are standard.

The vehicle is capable of charging via a Level II (240-volt) system using the on-board 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger. It takes two hours to charge the battery on this type of power source.

Hyundai rates the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid as having a 2,000-pound towing capacity.

Hyundai is backing both models with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and even-year anti-perforation warranty. Three years/36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations are also included.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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The Grand Cherokee gets a plug-in powertrain for the first time.

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Jeep just announced the all-new fifth-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, featuring a new exterior and interior, updated tech, and class-leading capabilities from its optional engines. However, the big headline here is the new Grand Cherokee 4xe, a plug-in hybrid SUV that follows the Jeep Wrangler into electrified off-roading.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe makes all-electric off-roading possible.Jeep

As it did with the Wrangler, Jeep electrified the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. The new 4xe powertrain is available in the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trims. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine and features an all-electric driving range of 25 miles, fuel economy of 57 MPGe, and a total combined driving range of 440 miles. The powertrain also produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe All Grand Cherokee models get a more upscale interior for the 2022 model year.Jeep

With the water and terrain involved in off-roading, an electric motor and plug-in components could be a recipe for disaster, but Jeep took steps to protect sensitive parts of the drivetrain and vehicle. All high-voltage electronics are seats and are waterproof, and Jeep says that the Grand Cherokee 4xe can ford water of up to 24 inches in depth. The battery also comes with its own heating and cooling system to hold it in the ideal temperature range for optimum performance. The powertrain delivers impressive capability, as Jeep says a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe was able to tackle the Rubicon Trail on electric power only.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe The 2022 Grand Cherokee gets updated tech and safety features.Jeep

The 4xe's charging port is located on the front fender to allow easier charging in tight spots. LED indicators show the charging status and there's an LED battery monitor inside the vehicle on the instrument panel. Three driving modes allow the driver to select the right vehicle and powertrain behavior for the situation. Hybrid mode combines both the electric motor and gas engine, and balances the two for the best fuel efficiency and performance. Electric mode operates on electric power only until the battery's power is depleted. eSave prioritizes the gas engine to preserve battery power. As with all PHEVs, the Grand Cherokee 4xe functions like a traditional hybrid once the battery's power is mostly depleted.


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