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Redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson teased ahead of mid-September debut

The forthcoming redesigned Hyundai Tucson takes its design cues from the Vision T concept car.

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The fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson crossover will be revealed on September 15. Ahead of that, the Korean automaker has released three images giving a good picture of what to expect from the new SUV, which looks to be a product-ready version of the model first shown as the Vision T concept car at last year's LA Auto Show.

Its body styling is another iteration of the company's Sensuous Sportiness design mantra, which also helped shape the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hyundai's new headlight design is only visible when illuminated.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

"The mission of 'Sensuous Sportiness' is to elevate the emotional qualities of automotive design. We want our customers to feel moved. With the all-new Tucson, we are introducing its ultimate evolution and a definitive statement about Hyundai's unstoppable forward momentum," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Tucson's advanced, experimental design is true to its pioneering spirit and raises the game in the industry's most competitive segment."

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be bigger and wider than the previous generation. It looks to fill a gap left by the reconfiguration of the Santa Fe, which made room for the Palisade, possibly as a new Nissan Murano, Honda Passport, Chevrolet Blazer, and Toyota Venza competitor. It will be available in two wheelbases: short and long. The availability of these will vary by market.

At its front are Parametic Hidden Headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights and their housing into the grille of the vehicle. Here, it's realized as a "T" shape the that is similar to the new fascia on the refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe. The automaker says that the lights are only visible when they are illuminated.

2022 Hyundai Tucson The interior design of the Tucson is completely new for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai says that the new SUV's body styling will allude a "slinky coupé-like character". Again, this falls into line with what we saw in the Vision T concept. Hyundai further says, "Chiseled surfaces create a striking contrast between sleek silhouette and masculine wedge, suggesting forward motion even when standing still. Taut athletic shapes seamlessly merge into angular wheel arches where alloy wheels provide a powerful and dynamic stance."

The cabin is designed to have a dual cockpit style layout. Like the Nissan Ariya, the Tuscon looks to employ a cabin design that exudes neatness as an intersection of space, technology, and information. Hyundai says that they have achieved this by removing the gauge cluster housing and increasing the feeling of openness.

The wide dashboard wraps around the SUV's occupants, emphasizing spaciousness while the center fascia moves the eye upward and downward. Twin silver garnish lines flow from the center stack to the rear doors, bringing harmony to the design. Hyundai promises "neatly layered premium surface materials in complementary neutral tones."

This center stack is a completely new design for Hyundai.

As for powertrains, Hyundai hasn't given any direct, formal hints about what to expect, but it's likely that the Tucson will feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology - and possibly even a battery electric variant.

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The new RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car showcases the future of the Hyundai brand.

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Hyundai debuted the RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car this week, showcasing what isn't the beginning but what is very much the future of what the Hyundai brand will offer. The electric-based high-performance race car, like those designed by other manufacturers is a proving ground for technologies that may be employed in Hyundai passenger vehicles in the future.

Hyundai has been quite open about this calling the platform the RM20e is based on, the RM development platform, will be used for future N brand products that are inspired by the car. This follows as part of the progressive evolution of the car with previous iterations bearing the names RM14, RM15, RM16 and RM19.

RM20e Racing Midship Sports Car

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Hyundai's first electric race car was developed for the eTCR electric touring car series in 2019 - the Veloster N eTCR.

"Our new electrified RM20e pushes the proven RM platform forcefully into a new, environmentally-focused decade of the 21st century, stretching the performance envelope of electrification on normal road environments," said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "RM20e represents a revolutionary new chapter of electrified performance for the Racing Midship series, and our N engineers continue to garner valuable insights in the arena of zero-emission performance dynamics."

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive RM20e features a powertrain that achieves 810 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque thanks to its electric motor. It can get from zero to 62 mph in less than three seconds and to 124 mph from a standstill in 9.88 seconds.

Hyundai says that the RM20e combines "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip while retaining daily-driver quietness, responsiveness and road-going capability".

The propulsion system driving the car, as well as the equipment that helps it achieve the "race car-like levels of performance, balance, braking, and grip" are part of Hyundai's larger plant to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hyundai isn't working alone. The company has formed a strategic partnership with Rimac Automobili to co-develop battery and fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes.

Additionally, Hyundai Motor Group, the parent company of the Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, and new Ioniq brand, has committed to addinng 44 "eco-friendly" models by 2025.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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