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Hyundai confirms powertrains, features of redesigned 2022 Tucson for U.S. market

The Hyundai Tucson has been remade for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

In mid-September, Hyundai unveiled its next-generation Tucson SUV. Now, the automaker has confirmed which of its powertrains and features will make their way to the U.S. market.

"Our new Tucson represents the future of Hyundai's full-spectrum eco-powertrain approach, offering internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in a high-volume compact SUV. With all-wheel-drive capability now added to new hybrid SUV platforms, customers no longer need to choose between all-road, all-weather capability and outstanding efficiency," said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president, head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group.

2022 Hyundai Tucson This version of the Tucson is longer and winner than before.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The new Tucson for the U.S. will be offered only in the long-wheelbase version of the global platform. That makes the 2022 Tucson longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation. Passenger volume increases by 6 cubic feet and cargo volume is up 7.7 cubic feet.

The two-row SUV will be available in gasoline and hybrid variants. Those will be available for purchase by U.S. customers in spring 2021. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the company's plant in Ulsan, Korea will make the internal combustion models.

U.S. customers can choose either a 2.5-liter or a turbocharged 1.6-liter hybrid engine in their Tucson. The larger engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and yields 187 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Both are improvements over the 2021 model's 2.4-liter engine capabilities. It's also targeted to get 28 mpg, 3 mpg more than the outgoing power plant.

The hybrid Tucson will be available in two flavors. In the typical Tucson Hybrid, the turbocharged hybrid engine gets 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, with a total system output of 266 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That powertrains is completed by a six-speed automatic transmission, 44.2 kW electric motor, and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. It delivers over 500 miles of range.

2022 Hyundai Tucson The car features no knobs, buttons, or levers on its center stack.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

A plug-in hybrid Tucson will be sold featuring the same turbo engine and transmission but with a larger battery that yields 13.8 kilowatt-hours of power and an all-electric driving range of 28 miles. Hyundai estimates the SUV achieves 70 MPGe. Using Level 2 charging, the SUV can get a full charge in less than two hours using a 7.2-kilowatt-hour on-board charger.

Models equipped with the available all-wheel drive come with three drive modes: Normal, Sport, and Smart.

U.S. customers will be able to get their Tucson with a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, a hoodless digital gauge cluster, and multi-air ventilation, a temperature-adjusting system providing diffused airflow on the front passengers. Hyundai touts the new airflow system as a more comfortable alternative to the traditional vented air distribution within the cabin.

2022 Hyundai Tucson The Tucson has a fully digital instrument panel in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Tucson's second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality. A release lever in the rear cargo area helps make this feature easier to operate.

Hyundai has given the Tucson some segment-first technology: Remote Smart Park Assist, remote start with heated and ventilated seats, Digital Key, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Pricing for the 2022 Tucson has yet to be announced. Expect it to be price similar to the 2021 model, which starts at $23,700 and tops out near $34,000.

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The Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows.

Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee has always been the Jeep that could haul the family to the mall as easily as it could traverse serious off-road terrain. The design was starting to age, however, after ten years on the market without a major redesign. Jeep fixed that for the 2022 model year, and after a week behind the wheel, there are three things we think you should know about the new SUV.

It Comes in Two Formats

The three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 as the first Grand Cherokee with more than two rows of seating. The standard Grand Cherokee followed it with many of the same features and upscale finishes, but in a more familiar two-row SUV format. The move to a two-body-style lineup for the Grand Cherokee does not mean there's less choice. The standard two-row model is offered in a staggering number of configurations, including a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The new Grand Cherokee ups the luxury considerably. Stellantis

It's Luxurious

Top Grand Cherokee trims have long been plusher and more luxurious than most people expect from a Jeep, and the new model takes things further down that road. Top trims feature luxurious materials such as quilted leathers and real wood trim, along with desirable and innovative electronics features. An optional passenger-side touchscreen offers climate controls and other functions to front-seat passengers, and Stellantis' UConnect infotainment software is among the easiest to use and most intuitive interfaces in the auto business.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee can take its passengers far off the beaten path.Stellantis

It's Available with Three Strong Powertrains

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available, and Jeep's excellent 4xe plug-in hybrid can be added to certain trims. The Wrangler was the first vehicle to use the system, which provides instant torque and excellent all-electric driving range. When the battery is depleted below a certain level, the vehicle then switches to operate as a normal hybrid.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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