5 things you need to know about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV

The fourth-gen Hyundai Tucson will arrive in U.S. shores in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Here are five things you need to know about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV:

1. Most powerful 2022 Hyundai Tucson configuration

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid uses the same internal combustion engine as the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid. It’s a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder mill that produces 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500-4,500 rpm. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV shares a 6-speed automatic torque converter transmission also with the Tucson HEV.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid
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The plug-in hybrid variant has more advanced electrification, with a higher-output motor and a higher-capacity battery. Refer to the table below to compare the mechanical differences between the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants:

Parameter\Specification2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Specification2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV Specification
Engine1.6L T-GDi1.6L T-GDi
Engine Max. Power180 hp at 5,500 rpm180 hp at 5,500 rpm
Engine Max. Torque195 lb.-ft. at 1,500-4,500 rpm59 hp at 1,600-2,000 rpm
Electric Motor Power59 hp at 1,600-2,000 rpm90 hp at 2,100-3,300 rpm
Electric Motor Torque195 lb.-ft. at 0-1,600 rpm224 lb.-ft. at 2,100 rpm
Combined Power227 hp261 hp
BatteryLithium-ion PolymerLithium-ion Polymer
Battery Voltage270 V360 V
Battery Energy Storage Capacity1.49 kWh13.8 kWh
Battery Power Output64 kW88 kW
Charge PortNoYes
On-board Charger Peak Power7.2 kW at 240 V
100% Charging Time2 hours
Cargo Capacity (SAE)38.7 cu. ft. (rear seats up)/73.3 cu. ft. (rear seats folded down)31.9 (rear seats up)/65.2 (rear seats folded down)
Cargo Capacity (Max.)41.2 cu. ft. (rear seats up)/80.3 cu. ft. (rear seats folded down)TBD

2. Electric range not better than Toyota RAV4 Prime’s 

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV doesn’t drive as long as the Toyota RAV4 PHEV in the EV mode. The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid has an EPA-estimated EV mode range of 42 miles. The Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid is yet to receive its EPA-estimated EV mode range, but the company’s estimate is 28 miles.

In Europe, the Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid is officially expected to return an all-electric range of over 50 km or 31 miles in the WLTP. The Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, in comparison, offers an all-electric range of 75 km or 47 miles of all-electric range in the WLTP.

3. Standard AWD

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is the first Hyundai SUV in which the plug-in hybrid variant gets Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system as standard. The same applies for the new compact SUV’s hybrid variant.

4. Not made in Alabama, USA

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid will be shipped from Hyundai’s Ulsan factory in South Korea instead of the company’s Alabama factory in the USA.

5. Summer 2021 Release Date

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV will go on sale in the U.S. market in summer 2021. Hyundai would announce prices closer to the launch.

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV FAQs

What is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV EV range?

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV EV range is 28 miles (Hyundai est.).

What is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid release date?

Summer 2021 is the Hyundai Tucson PHEV release date.