2025 Hyundai Tucson Debuts in Europe With Better Interior
Goodbye, touch-sensitive controls!
Hyundai of Europe on Tuesday showed off the first official images of the 2025 Hyundai Tucson. The compact SUV eschews the brand's recent RoboCop-esque front-end designs (see: Kona, Sonata) for a subtle tweak on the current look, but hides more significant changes inside.
Right off the bat, we should note that specifications are not available yet. Nor do we know if the vehicle shown here is a gas, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid model, since we never see a clear shot of the tailgate. This is the long-wheelbase version of the Tucson which is sold in the US and Canada, however, not the slightly stubbier model that Europe actually gets.
The front fascia evolves the "Parametric Dynamics" design language of the current model. The grille and headlights are where the bulk of the changes happen: the hidden LED headlights are now reshaped and sit proud of the surrounding grille, which has horizontal elements of various thicknesses. From the profile shot, the rear looks largely the same as before. Hyundai says "the skid plates are integrated into the bumper molding and enlarged horizontally," for what it's worth. Of course, there are new wheel designs as well, and they look sweet.
Inside, Hyundai ditches the waterfall-style dashboard design for a simpler, horizontal setup. It's not as visually interesting, but it makes for a storage cubby on the passenger side, and a spot for the conjoined twin-screen setup to perch. The latter appears to run Hyundai's new ccNC infotainment system as well. A redesigned steering wheel adopts the brand's Morse Code H motif. Tucked just behind it is the twist-action shifter found on the Ioniq models as well as the new Kona.
That shifter switch allows for a fully redesigned center console, with a semi-open design. The higher section now houses the wireless charger and cupholders, while a large storage section sits between the front row's footwells. Hyundai has mercifully brought back more physical controls in the center stack, including rotary dials for climate and audio. We see the clever switchable USB-C layout of the Kona, too.
Europe will see its facelifted Tucson early in the new year. We expect the US- and Canadian-market model to show its face sometime in the first half of 2024 as well, when we expect to learn more about any powertrain changes.
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Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.
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