The US-bound 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid has started reaching South Korean showrooms or experience centres, pictures from Naver blog SHM (sunghoon617) show. South Korea is getting the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid from the Ulsan plant, while the US-bound units will roll out locally at the factory in Montgomery (Alabama).
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid teams up the company’s 1.6-liter Smartstream turbo gasoline engine with a permanent magnet synchronous motor. The energy for the latter comes from a 1.49 kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery pack operating at 270 volts. According to the U.S. specifications, the gas engine produces an estimated 177 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque and the motor assists it with 59 horsepower and 105 lb.-ft. of torque. The resulting combined power of the hybrid powertrain is an estimated 227 hp.
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A 6-speed automatic torque converter transmission with paddle shifters and the HTRAC all-wheel drive system are standard in the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. HMC says that the 2022 Tucson Hybrid features an ‘e-handling’ technology as well, which uses electric motor torque control to improve cornering performance. When turning into a corner, the electric motor applies precise incremental braking force to the front wheels, and then while exiting the corner, it applies precise torque to the rear axle.
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is a parallel hybrid vehicle. It runs on the electric motor at low speeds, and when it realizes more load, like say heavy acceleration or a hill climb, it puts the engine at work. The powertrain goes back and forth between driving and charging modes constantly when there’s not much need for additional power. During deceleration, regenerative braking system recuperates the braking energy and charges the battery.
Hyundai hasn’t disclosed the fuel economy ratings yet, but it does say that the U.S.-spec units would be able to travel 500 miles on a full tank, which means that it is expecting a 36 MPG combined EPA rating as we know that the tank capacity is 13.7 gallons. In S. Korea, the most frugal configuration delivers a combined fuel economy of 16.2 km/l, which converts to 38 MPG (38.1 MPG).
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. market in spring 2021. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, imported from South Korea, will be available in summer 2021.
What is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid release date?
The U.S. market is announced to receive the Tucson hybrid in Spring 2021.
What is the new Hyundai Tucson Hybrid EPA rating?
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid should get an EPA rating of around 36 MPG.
What will be the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid price?
Expect it to come at around $27,000.