Hyundai’s critical Toyota RAV4 fighter will be hitting Australian showrooms during the first half of 2021 – and we’ll get an early look when it’s revealed in full on September 15.

    The Tucson is arguably Hyundai’s most important model despite currently being its second-best seller behind the i30, as it competes in the Medium SUV class – Australia’s largest segment.

    2020 has seen mixed results for many makes and models, but the Tucson consistently ranks in the top three for the Medium SUV segment and is currently third year-to-date behind the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5.

    The 2021 Tucson teased in official images this week, then, is a big deal.

    Depending on the market, Hyundai will offer standard- and long-wheelbase versions of the Tucson – the latter most likely focused on regions like China and South Korea – which the company claims is a first for the segment.

    Even from the shadowy teaser images supplied here, the fourth-generation Tucson has very clear visual links to the plug-in hybrid Vision T concept that previewed it.

    Hyundai calls the exterior styling ‘Parametric Dynamics’, combining curvaceous lines with jewel-like details in the lights and grille.

    The new Tucson is longer and wider than before, with the long bonnet, short overhangs and elongated wheelbase lending coupe-like proportions.

    “Chiseled surfaces create a striking contrast between sleek silhouette and masculine wedge, suggesting forward motion even when standing still,” Hyundai says in its press release.

    “Taut athletic shapes seamlessly merge into angular wheel arches where alloy wheels provide a powerful and dynamic stance.”

    Inside, the Tucson’s cabin is consistent with the sketch we published last month, with large displays and “neatly layered premium surface materials”.

    Dubbed ‘Interspace’, the cabin layout is claimed to be like a “neatly organised room where everyday concerns disappear”, which Hyundai says is akin to a boutique hotel.

    Hyundai likens the new dash design to a “mighty waterfall”, and the digital instrument display’s lower positioning makes for a more ‘decluttered’ look.

    Globally, the new Tucson should offer a range of powertrains, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, as well as updated versions of the current set of petrol and diesel models.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the details when the fourth-generation Tucson is revealed in full on September 15.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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