All engines are equipped with Hyundai’s 6-speed manual-transmission (6MT) and an optional electronic parking brake. Alternatively, several powertrain options offer 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or the new 8-speed automatic transmission (8AT). Additionaly, the New Tucson is the first Hyundai SUV with a mild hybrid 48 V powertrain.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine with 136 kW / 185 PS is mated to a standard four-wheel drive (HTRAC) (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 6.0 - 5.7 l/100km; CO2 emissions combined in NEDC conversion: 157 - 149 g/km*). The strongest engine in the Tucson powertrain line-up is available with the 6MT or the new and efficient 8AT.
The newly developed 8AT is engineered with a transversal layout. It offers a more compact set-up and an increased gear span for enhanced performance and reduced fuel consumption. The gear ratio is widened by 18.3 per cent resulting in an improved engine response during start and acceleration. During braking the engine response is improved due to a higher downshifting point. The higher gear ratio width ensures greater differentiation of the drive modes.
For the first time in a Hyundai, the New Tucson features a 48 V mild hybrid powertrain system which is available in combination with the 2.0-litre diesel engine (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 5.8 - 5.2 l/100km; CO2 emissions combined in NEDC conversion: 153 - 138 g/km*). The technology designed for electrification comprises a 0.44 kW/h 48-volt lithium-ion battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), a LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. Under acceleration the MHSG supports the engine with up to 12 kW and thereby reducing fuel consumption. The system switches automatically between mechanical use of the engine and energy recuperation. The MHSG assists the combustion engine by discharging the battery to reduce engine load with light acceleration or to provide additional torque to the engine under strong acceleration. During in-gear deceleration and braking, energy is recuperated to recharge the battery. In this way, the system significantly improves the engine’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions without sacrificing maximum driving pleasure. With this technology, Hyundai aims to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to seven per cent combined with the manual transmission in NEDC conversion.
Hyundai’s newly developed Smartstream 1.6-litre turbo-charged CRDi diesel engine with two power outputs offers 85 kW / 115 PS in its standard version and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with two-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 5.0 - 4.8 l/100km; CO2 emissions in NEDC conversion combined: 132 - 126 g/km*). The high power version accelerates the New Tucson with 100 kW / 136 PS (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 5.3 - 4.7 l/100km; CO2 emissions combined in NEDC conversion: 138 - 123 g/km*). Customers choosing the stronger Smartstream 1.6-litre powertrain can pair the engine with the 7DCT. For off-road trips Hyundai offers the optional four-wheel drive (HTRAC) for the 136 PS 1.6-litre engine. Both engine outputs are based on the efficient next-generation Smartstream technology, which optimises the engine structure to reduce size and weight. By spring 2019, the 48 V mild hybrid technology will be available with new Smartstream 1.6-litre diesel engine in the New Tucson.
The entry level 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine comes with 97 kW / 132 PS and is equipped with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 7.2 - 7.0 l/100km; CO2 emissions combined in NEDC conversion: 165 - 159 g/km*).
The next higher 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine generates 130 kW / 177 PS (fuel consumption combined in NEDC conversion: 7.9 - 6.9 l/100km; CO2 emissions combined in NEDC conversion: 180 - 159 g/km*). For the new T-GDI customers can opt for the 7DCT and four-wheel drive (HTRAC). The new in-house manufactured 7DCT offers two drive modes, Normal and Sport, which increases the efficiency as well as the fun-to-drive.
For a more engaging driving feel, the New Tucson is equipped with the electric rack-mounted motor driven power steering system (R-MDPS), which provides more steering stability to the vehicle at high-speeds as well as improved precision and quick steering response at lower and medium speeds. All engines are equipped with Hyundai’s efficient Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system. It switches the engine automatically off when the car comes to a halt and contributes to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Furthermore, all engines within the Tucson powertrain line-up fully comply with Euro 6d Temp regulations.
Hyundai’s four-wheel drive HTRAC is equipped with a differential lock equally distributing torque to the front and rear wheels.
* For further details on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions please refer to the Technical Data section.