I was invited to attend the Press Launch of the Hyundai Tucson 2022 in Tucson, Arizona but as usual, all opinions are my own.
Just picture 90 degree weather in April, beautiful mountains, a waterfall on our hotel property and an awesome off road experience to drive the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Tucson At A Glance
The city offers beautiful mountains, desert vegetation, bubbly lifestyle and gastronomic options for all tastes, perfect for the vibrant Hyundai Tucson Launch!
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Our hotel was located encrusted in the Arizona mountains, surrounded by wild life, vegetation and even a water fall.
A short hiking path and multiple man made streams take you to be immersed in the area with a stronger connection.
Our Room had a close encounter with desert wild life and the beautiful mountain views that captivated my heart!
The Patio, Pool and Restaurants offered the same warm hospitality as when we stepped off the plane and Tucson’s weather welcomed us.
Now Let’s Take A Look At The All New 2022 Hyundai Tucson
Tucson’s new exterior styling expresses Hyundai’s evolving Sensuous Sporty design identity.
The new SUV embodies what Hyundai designers call ‘Parametric Dynamics’ with kinetic, jewel-like surface detailing that emphasizes Tucson’s distinct identity in a crowded SUV segment.
Tucson facilitates the integration of technologies with tech-savvy lifestyles; we tech-savvy consumers adopt the latest gadgets to enhance our lives.
Tucson’s integration of technology and design is evident in innovative half-mirror type daytime running lamps (DRLs) that are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille and only visible when illuminated.
Tucson’s interior, or ‘INTERSPACE’, offers sensuous, multi-layered forms that provide a feeling of openness and serenity.
This is a place where space, technology and information seamlessly blend.
The dashboard blends consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants
like a geologic gorge, while a vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console like a waterfall.
Twin silver garnish lines streaming from the center fascia to the rear doors harmonize
neatly layered surface materials in complementary, neutral tones.
Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in ten levels of brightness.
The interior offers three new technologies, including a 10.25-inch full-touch navigation screen exempt of hard buttons, a 10.25-inch hoodless digital gauge cluster, and multi-air ventilation, a temperature- adjusting system providing diffused airflow to the front passengers.
This indirect, diffusing ventilation system reduces potentially unpleasant airflow and is unique in the automotive industry.
These features create a high-tech, fresh and exciting ambience, with cushioned materials on high-touch areas, various material applications based on the frequency of interface, and a premium overall presence.
Tucson’s second-row seats feature fold-and-dive functionality for easily optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo.
The new Tucson for the U.S. only offers the long-wheelbase version of the global platform, which is longer, wider, taller, and has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation.
HTRAC® Advanced AWD System
Tucson offers Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles.
It offers the modes: HTRAC Normal, Sport, Smart and Snow modes to help provide confident control in all weather conditions.
We had a chance to test the system in the Arizona desert and I’m here to confirm, it passed the test!
I absolutely loved the driving experience.
Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains
Tucson’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid models focus on a balanced combination of fun-to-drive performance offering excellent economy, compared with a pure efficiency focus at the compromise of driving engagement by many competitors.
Segment-first Exclusive Features
Tucson offers a number of segment-first exclusive features including:
• Remote Smart Park Assist
Remote Smart Park Assist allows owners to park and retrieve their Tucson from the tightest of parking spaces from outside the vehicle, a very convenient feature.
Before a driver attempts to load passengers or luggage, the remote parking function can prove particularly useful, bringing the vehicle out of a tight space.
The driver simply uses the smart key to drive the SUV forward or backward, into or out of a parking space, garage or any tight parking situation. Amazing, isn’t it?
• Remote Start with Heated and Ventilated Seats
Remote Start uses a cellular data connection via the Blue Link app that allows an owner to warm up or cool down the Tucson remotely.
This remote heating and cooling function includes heating and ventilation for the front seats.
• Hyundai Digital Key
Hyundai Digital Key is a segment-exclusive feature, supported via a dedicated smartphone app.
The Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely.
Users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine. Digital Key allows owners to leave traditional keys at home and allows secure sharing of keys with family and friends.
Digital Key is currently compatible only with phones using the Android operating system.
• Wireless Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®
Tucson now offers an eight-inch color touchscreen coupled with wireless Apple CarPlay® andAndroid Auto® to make staying connected easier than ever.
Wireless pairing automatically connects an Android or Apple smartphone, so the driver can keep their phone in a pocket, backpack or purse.
Owners can also conveniently drop it on an available Qi wireless charger.
Tucson offers excellent active and passive safety systems, with an array of advanced safety
technologies as part of the Hyundai SmartSense Safety Feature suite.
The new Tucson currently offers more standard and available active safety features than any other SUV in its class.
You know we loved hearing about that as well!
All I can say is that the Hyundai Tucson 2022 will leave some of the existing competition in the rearview mirror.
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Exciting Video footage of the Hyundai Tucson 2022 & our desert adventure soon on Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube!
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