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

Tucson is Hyundai’s best-selling model in the U.S market, and 123,657 units were sold in the country in 2020. With the full model change for MY2022 and the expansion of powertrain options to include hybrid and plug-in hybrid, annual sales should set new records. According to the latest sales data, Hyundai has sold 95,000 Tucsons in America this year (between January and July), recording a 38% year-over-year growth.

The fourth-gen Hyundai Tucson arrives on American and Canadian shores in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants this year. Here are five things you need to know about the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV:

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-liter 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 to compare the mechanical differences in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants:

Parameter2022 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 TimeAbout 2 hours
EV Range (EPA)NA33 miles
Fuel efficiency38 MPG (combined)80 MPGe (combined, elec + gas)/35 MPG (combined, gas)
Cargo Capacity (Max.)41.2 cu. ft. (rear seats up)/80.3 cu. ft. (rear seats folded down)31.9 cu. ft. (rear seats up)/71.8 cu. ft. (rear seats folded down)

Electric range close to Toyota RAV4 Prime’s

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV’s EPA-estimated EV mode range is 33 miles, which is much lower than the Toyota RAV4 Prime (PHEV)’s EPA-estimated EV mode range of 42 miles. Its combined fuel economy rating is 80 MPGe (electricity + gasoline)/35 MPG (gasoline). The Toyota RAV4 Prime crushes it in this aspect as well, with 94 MPGe (electricity + gasoline)/38 MPG (gasoline). On a full charge and a full tank, the Hyundai PHEV can provide a range of 420 miles, while the Toyota PHEV can cover a much longer distance of 600 miles.

2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV charging side profile
The Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid features the company’s HTRAC AWD system as standard. Images: Hyundai

Standard AWD

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

Not made in Alabama, USA

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid’s production takes place at Hyundai’s Ulsan factory in South Korea instead of the company’s Alabama factory in the United States.

Summer 2021 Release Date

Hyundai plans to launch the Tucson plug-in hybrid in the USA and Canada this summer, which means that first units may arrive in showrooms in the next two weeks. The company is taking pre-orders for the compact PHEV in both the North American markets. Availability in the U.S. is limited to the following states:

  • California (CA)
  • Colorado (CO)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • Vermont (VT)

The 2022 Tucson PHEV will be available in SEL and Limited trims. The SEL trim will include features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, front seats with electric adjustment for the driver seat and heating, Smart Cruise Control with start/stop, and Blind-Spot Collision and Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist. As for the Limited trim, Hyundai mentions a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Surround View and Blind-Spot View Monitor, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and Remote Smart Parking Assist as key features.

We’ll update this page when we get more information, including the price, in the coming weeks.

Hyundai Tucson PHEV FAQs

What is the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV EV range?

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV EV range is 32 miles (Hyundai est.).

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

Summer 2021 is the Tucson PHEV release date in the United States.

What is the expected price of the Tucson PHEV?

With a generous federal tax credit, the Tucson PHEV could cost around USD 37,000. Prices will be available shortly.

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