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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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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

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Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid


2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai


All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai


To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.


2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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