2025 Hyundai Tuscon Gets Big Changes At NYAS

For 2025, Hyundai brings the Tuscon into the modern age with a load of design and tech updates including numerous hybrid, ICE, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. In addition to the new looks, which include a redesign, Hyundai has dramatically updated the interior.

The cabin now features Hyundai’s dual-screen infotainment layout, with a pair of 12.3-inch screens laid behind a single curved pane. The HVAC and audio controls see more physical switchgear too, though not all of it is buttons. Still, it’s an update that brings the dash more in line with the rest of the lineup. The center console, wheel, and door panels have also been updated, and a new tray for storage can be found above the glovebox. There’s more space in the center console, too, thanks to a relocated shifter, and wireless charging will be available along with phone projection. XRT and Ultimate models see their own specific changes, and heated surfaces are now standard.

Other updates focus heavily on tech. The new Tuscon will be OTA update enabled, and USB-C ports are now capable of charging up to 27 watts. Rear passengers have access too, and drivers have access to a 12-inch color HUD that will display turn-by-turn directions for both Carplay and Android Auto. A new fingerprint sensor will be available, as will Hyundai’s fob-free Digital Key program. Safety systems see updates too, with a new Forward Attention Warning system that uses an infrared camera to track the driver’s gaze, alerting them when they aren’t focused on the road. Other changes include a new Adaptive Cruise Control 2 system that also monitors driver awareness. If an unresponsive driver is detected, it will bring the vehicle safely to a halt.

The ‘25 Tuscon will be available with a wide range of powertrains. A 2.5L gas engine will be accompanied by a 1.6L turbocharged hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain. The latter is rated at 187 hp and 178 lb-ft and features an 8-speed automatic transmission paired to the brand’s HTRAC AWD system as standard. Hyundai has included a few drive modes for 2025, including Normal, Sport, and My Drive, which offers greater customization, including a new Baby Mode. This will smooth acceleration and a “more serene experience helps reduce potential disturbances.” On hybrid models, Green Zone drive mode helps optimize the car’s electric-only modes for use in urban areas. Other modes include Terrain options for Snow, Sand, and Mud.

The 1.6 hybrid produces a combined 231 hp and 258 lb-ft thanks to its 47.7kW electric motor (up from 44.2 kW last year). The new electric motor is fed by a 1.48kWh battery pack. The plug-in powertrain uses the same 1.6-liter engine, with a much beefier 72kW motor and a 13.8kWh battery. Total combined output is 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai says L2 charging will fill the battery in less than two hours when using the supplied 7.2kW onboard charger. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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