The covers have been taken off the 2021 Hyundai Tucson ahead of its local release in the first half of 2021. With a drastically different new look, a brand new interior with higher quality materials and a wider range of powerplants, the new Tucson will be a critical car for Hyundai and will compete with a number of other medium SUVs including the top-selling Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and new Nissan X-Trail.

Stylistically, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson is a big departure from the current model. Like the new i30 Sedan – which replaces the Elantra – the Tucson has moved to Hyundai’s sharp new design language with plenty of design elements. This includes ‘Parametric Design’ jewel-like surface detailing, headlights that link with the grille and new four-part tailights.

Inside the 2020 Hyundai Tucson is also a big upgrade from the current model with a more streamlined design with an integrated 10.25-inch touchscreen, a digital driver’s display and new features such as tri-zone climate control, 64-colour LED ambient lighting and wireless smartphone mirroring.

Globally, there will be two Tucsons available: the short-wheelbase model aimed at Europe, while Australia and North America will receive the long-wheelbase, which will measure 4.6m long, 1.87m wide, 1.65m tall and with a 2.75m long wheelbase – this makes it around 13cm longer than the current model. Bootspace is listed at 1,095-litres, though Hyundai is yet to confirm local specifications.

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will reportedly offer upgraded versions the same drivetrains as the current model with a 2.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre turbo petrol, as well as a 2.0-litre turbo diesel in both front- and all-wheel drive formats. Like the new Santa Fe, the new Tucson will be available with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, though they’re yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Also yet to be confirmed for Australia is the new Tucson N-Line, which will reportedly offer a 213kW 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine, eight-speed dual-clutch auto and all-wheel drive as standard.

Active safety kit has been further improved with features such as auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane follow assist, blind-spot monitoring with cameras in each mirror, rear cross-traffic alert with auto braking, a 360-degree parking camera, remote parking, auto high beam, driver attention alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, safe exit warning and highway driving assist.

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2021 with local pricing and specs to be confirmed before then.

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